Tuesday, May 7, 2013

World War II Turning Points

Ms. Macomber's assignment
Mr. Phillips' assignment

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      • ABC-CLIO World at War
      • History in Context
      • Historical New York Times

Step 1: Overview
You should use all three resources. There is a reason for this. ABC-CLIO: World at War will give you an encyclopedic overview of your turning point. This is an important first step. Use this phase to collect keywords - proper nouns, such as people and places - and also dates. The dates become critical in the research process later on. Your assignment lists the year of your turning point, but you need specific day and month information. 

Step 2: Evidence
Use History in Context to search for your collected keywords. This will generate more specific detail about your turning point. Approach your research as if it were your task to demonstrate with factual evidence that your turning point was THE most important one on the list. Look for clues that would support that argument. It will make your research more interesting, and your lesson more engaging. 

Step 3: Details
Once you've understood the details of what made your turning point a critical one in the war, comb newspapers (Historical Newspapers) from that era for human interest stories or anecdotes - stories about bravery, heroism, cowardice, triumph, defeat - stories that will trigger a personal, emotional connection with the information you are sharing.
Note: Turning points in history are not always evident "in the moment", and certainly not in the events that lead to a pivotal moment. So historical newspapers won't necessarily report events in the language that appears in your assignment. 

There are instances where the media covers something other than what becomes historically significant. Consider the events that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, for example. It was a major event in the War on Terror, but the news coverage that led up to it did not necessarily described it as such. Here are a few examples of critical stories about events that led the CIA to find Osama bin Ladenbut they don't specifically mention the War on Terror. That's why it is important to acquire a knowledge base that ranges from the broad to the specific - so you can tweak your search strategy (keywords) to locate information that is relevant to your inquiry.

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