Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Imperialism - US History

Mr. Staffaroni's assignment
Ms. Swan's Presentation

By now, you should have downloaded the app for Destiny Quest to your device to locate print and electronic books. (instructions for configuring the app). If using a computer, be sure to sign-in so you can access digital content. Print resources are under the Titles page. Electronic resources, including websites and eBooks are under the Digital Resources page (tutorial).

We have a new tutorial showing students how to access different kinds of eBooks in Destiny on their mobile devices. 

What is the significance of this chart?
My hope is that is shows how you can break down research topics into categories. The next step is to decide which database you should consult to investigate each category.

Historical Newspapers will be essential for all research! Please use screenshots below to locate opinion articles.

ABC-CLIO American History
ABC-CLIO World History (modern)
History in Context

Ideas & Organizations:
Gale Virtual Reference Library
ABC-CLIO American History

Biography in Context

ABC-CLIO World Geography

The research piece will be relatively simple. It's the "yellow" part that will be difficult. I once had a piano teacher who explained that you can't do an interpretive rendition of a piece until you master the original. The same principal applies here. You must truly understand the event, person, place or idea before you can infuse your writing with the kind of bias you will need for this assignment. Own you subject first! Then write about it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Annotated Bibliographies

An annotation is evaluative. It is a judgment about the value of the resource as it pertains to the researcher’s inquiry. It describes the researcher’s personal experience using this resource to answer a specific question, and provide evidence that supports a thesis statement. An annotation is typically 150 words or less. The following is a list of things to consider when writing an annotation. It is recommended that only 3-4 items from the list below be discussed in any one annotation.

1.     Authority: Authority, experience, or qualifications of the author
2.     Purpose: Why did the author write this?
3.     Scope: Breadth or depth of coverage (Is this work very in-depth? Does it cover a wide range of topics?), topics included, etc.
4.     Audience: For whom was it written (general public, subject specialists, students…)?
5.     Viewpoint: What is the author’s perspective or approach (school of thought, etc.)? Do you detect an unacknowledged bias, or find any undefended assumptions?
6.     Sources: Does the author cite other sources? Is it based on the author’s own research? Is it personal opinion? …
7.     Conclusion: What does the author conclude. Is the conclusion justified by the work?
8.     Features: Any significant extras, e.g. visual aids (charts, maps, etc.), reprints of source documents, an annotated bibliography
9.     Comparison: How does it relate to other works on the topic: does it agree or disagree with another author or a particular school of thought; are there other works which would support or dispute it? (How to Write)
10. Reliability: How do you know it is reliable source? Is it straight-up news reporting or is it an opinion piece (blog, column, OP-ED)?
11. Currency: How up-to-date is the resource?
12. Relevance: To what extent does the resource meet your research needs?
This is not as easy as it seems, because straight-up news reporting by journalists is becoming increasingly proprietary – subscription based. The Wall Street Journal keeps almost all of its journalistic content restricted. Only blogs, columns, and opinions are accessible to the public. The New York Times allows non-subscribers to access up to ten news articles per month for free. After that, a subscription is required to access more content. Consequently, students are using opinion pieces, blogs, and columns as objective articles without realizing that they are imbued with subjectivity – point-of-view, bias, and slant. This is something to be aware of when writing annotations. 

Take a Stand

To prepare for your midterm exam, you will need to locate, read and synthesize three articles from reliable and timely sources that will support your problem/solution claims with facts/statistics expert opinions, and/or anecdotes.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Olde Visual Literacy

Notes from last year:
2010 Essential question: What can we learn about an era by looking at gender roles?
2010 Facebook group

How tos:
How to publish your Google doc and post the link to Facebook.

How to cite your ads:


Last year's essays:

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