For our first assignment, we're going to create a virtual database. Each student will research a topic related to the time period and/or content of Harper Lee's novel, synthesize the information, and report in the form of a blog response. By the time we are done, we will have created a veritable research library of our own. Anyone interested in studying the important people, places, and events related to TKAM need look no further than our own blog!
Using the credible resources available through the library's website (NOT GOOGLE!!!), each student will consult at least two sources to gather information on the assigned topic. Once gathered, the students will synthesize the information and respond through a blog post.
A link to the library's website is provided here:
A link to the passwords is located here: (Shhhh! It's a secret...)
THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE RESPONSE:
Your responses must include the following:
1. A basic identification of the subject that answers the journalistic questions of "who, what, where, when, why, and how."
2. A more complex explanation that includes the significance of this particular person, place, or event. For example:
- Why does this topic remain important after all of these years?
- What is the ongoing effect or relevance of this topic?
- What trends, patterns, or themes of the time period are reflected in this topic? (Injustice, Innovation, Peaceful Resistance, etc.)
- How does this topic relate to the novel?
3. Internal citations that identify the two sources from which you gathered your information. For example, you might include a sentence like "According to Facts on File, Medgar Evers fought for...". A works cited page is not required to document these sources, though.
4. A reflection of Advanced Placement work, not simply getting by with the least amount of work possible but striving to give the best and most thorough explanations possible. Responses should be at least 8 sentences long, but they certainly may be longer in order to provide ample information on the topic. According to our usual practices, responses must be written in complete sentences with correct use of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Note: Students may want to compose their responses in a word processing document, then cut and paste the completed writing into the response window.
5. Students should respond to their individual class period's post. Also, each student should sign his or her post with first name, last initial and class period; for example: Susan K, Period 1.
THE DUE DATE
Posts must be added by the time your come to school on Wednesday, October 20. This assignment counts as a quiz grade.