The Year I Was Born

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The Year I Was Born

  1. 1. “The Year Name I Was Born…”What was going on in the world when you came into it? How was history playing out, both here andabroad? What was happening in music? Sports? Television? Technology? Your job, students, is toinvestigate one event from the year of your birth, and specifically, to research the impact of thatevent.An “event” could be, for example: a movie release, the World Series, a hurricane, the debut of aband, an election, a trial, an awards show, a product, or any other number of things.So, how do you get started? Let me help. We will brainstorm together in class so that you cangenerate a list of potential topics. You can also Google your birth year or check out Wikipedia as alittle “pre-research”. (Don’t get too comfortable on either of those, though; you won’t be able to usethem for your project.) Here’s the process:1. Choose your topic and get my approval. (Have a backup in case your first choice doesn’t panout.) Your approved topic is _________________________________________and its impact.2. Gather sources. Go to the media center web pageand find the information pathfinder for thisproject, which will provide you with databases and search engines to use. (Books and otherperiodicals are okay, too.) Print the sources that you find. Remember that you are looking into theimpact of the event you’ve chosen. You are required to have _____ sources.3. Draft your thesis statement.Your thesis needs to include three impacts of your selected topic.4. Begin your Works Cited page. Use Easybib.com to cite your sources as you find them. TheWorks Cited page will eventually go at the end of your paper.5. Highlight your sources and take notes. You will write notes on index cards. (There is atemplate inside this packet.) You are required to have _____ cards total.6. Outline your information. There is a template inside this packet.7. Draft your paper.Synthesize your notes into the body paragraphs of your MLA-style paper. Yourpaper is required to be _____ pages in length.Look inside for more details!
  2. 2. Highlighting tips: Highlight only key words, phrases, and facts. Use the highlighter sparingly; focuson only the essential words; never whole sentences (unless you intend to quote it).Below is the template to follow when taking notes. Your “event” Source number Topic 3 -Facts -Key words; phrases -No sentences MD Notes in your own words Your initials - I will check your note cards as you go. All note cards are due on __________________.
  3. 3. OUTLINE TEMPLATE Use this template to complete your outline. (Yours may vary from this one, depending on your information). After you have completed it, use the outline to write your rough draft.I. Introduction A. Introduce your birth year and your “event” B. Briefly describe the event. C. Close with your thesis statement (including the three impacts you will discuss in the body).II. Body Paragraph A. Topic sentence for first impact (use transition) B. Information to support your topic sentence (from notes). C. Information from outside sources (from notes) which supports this point. Use a quote. D. Analysis/Discussion of Quote. E. Transition to next impact.III. Body Paragraph A. Topic sentence for second impact (use transition) B. Information to support your topic sentence (from notes). C. Information from outside sources (from notes) which supports this point. Use a quote. D. Analysis/Discussion of Quote E. Transition to next impact.IV.Body Paragraph A. Topic sentence for third impact (use transition) B. Information to support your topic sentence (from notes). C. Information from outside sources (from notes) which supports this point. Use a quote. D. Analysis/Discussion of Quote. E. Transition to next point.V. Conclusion A. Restate thesis in a different way. B. Explain the overall impact of your event and what makes it important. Your outline is due on ___________________________.

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