How Did a Particular Historical Event AffeetAmerican Society?

Research Portfolio

Choosing a Topic and Sources Directions

How Did a Particular Historical Event AffeetAmerican Society?

Each year, thousands of people become American citizens. Thousands more native born Americans become full citizens when they tum 18 and can vote. What should these new citizens know about the history of their country? What events will help inform them as they participate in Anerican democracy and society?

For example, what lessons can new citizens take from the internment of Japanese Americans during World War ll? What lessons can they leam from the rise of totalitarian regimes in the 1930s and the U.S. response?

Description

For this portfolio, you will choose a topic and resources fora research paper and write a works cited page. The paper will focus on a specific historical event and its importance to American citizens. Your paper will answer the question: Why should American citizens leam about this event?

You willcomplete Part 1 of the Unit 1 portfolio as follows: . Choose a topic or event . Choose resources for research r Write a works cited page

Step {: Choose a topic or event to rcsearch

Choose a topic or event to research. Here are some suggestions: . The Espionage Act of 1917 and The Sedition Act of 1918 e Prohibition r A specific New Dealprogram, such as the\AfPA . Japanese-AnericanlntemmentCamps . The Dropping of Atomic Bombs on Hiroshirna and Nagasaki . Senator McCarthy’s anti-Communist hearings . Various Civil Rights Movements . The Watergate Scandal o Another event of your choice (check with your teacher for approval)

Write down your event and one or two sentences desuibing why you have chosen this event. You will submit this to your teacher with your works cited page.

Step 2: Ghoose your resources

Next choose the resources you will need for your research. Use what you learned in the World War llthrough Primary Sources lesson as a guide. Use the following guidelines as you choose your sources.

. You need to have at least five different sources of information.(Note: You may use yourtextbook, but it should not be included in the five sources.)

o Two of the sources need to be primary sources. o Two of the sources need to be print sources, such as books or magazine

articles.

There are many sources of information about events during this time period, including your textbook, Discovery EducationrM, and Grolier Online@ (linked from your LMS home page). Below is a list of other resources:

. Many PBS documentaries have companion websites with useful information.

. The Library of Congress has many primary sources from this time period.

. Ask the librarian at your local library to help you find books and articles on your event.

Step 3: Complete a works cited page

Once you have chosen your resources, you will need to create a works cited page to submit to your teacher.

Works Cited Page Guidelines . Your works cited page should be typed. . Your works cited page should be written in ML,A format.

Select the link in the lesson to read an explanation of why we make works cited pages and how to make one.

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Research Portfolio: Choosing a Topic and Sources Rubric

Total Points: I 15 Commenb:

Excellent Averaqe Poor Comments The topic is one of the ones on the list or was approved by your teacher. Your sentences elplain clearly why you are interested in this topic. 5 pts.

The topic is one of the ones on the list or was approved by your teacher, Your ssntences erplain why you are interested in this topic. 3 pts.

The topic is not on the list and was not approved by your teacher. Your sentences are missing or do not explain why you are interested in this topic. 1 pt

The works cited page contains at least five sources. At least two of the sources are print sources and at least two of the sources are primary sources. 5 pts.

The wsrks dtd page contains at least 4 sources. At least me of the sources is a print source and at least one of the sources is a primary source. 3 ots.

Thewmks cited p4e contains three or feryrrer sources. There is only one primary or print source. { pt

The works cited page follows MLA format for listing sources, 5 pb.

The works cited page mostly fsllows MLA format for listing sources.3pE.

The works cited page does not follow MLA fsrmat for listing sources. { pt

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