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Unit 3 - Narowing a Topic & Evaluating Sources
Unit 3 - Narowing a Topic & Evaluating Sources
Unit 3 - Narowing a Topic & Evaluating Sources
Unit 3 - Narowing a Topic & Evaluating Sources
Unit 3 - Narowing a Topic & Evaluating Sources
Unit 3 - Narowing a Topic & Evaluating Sources
Unit 3 - Narowing a Topic & Evaluating Sources
Unit 3 - Narowing a Topic & Evaluating Sources
Unit 3 - Narowing a Topic & Evaluating Sources
Unit 3 - Narowing a Topic & Evaluating Sources
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  • 1. Narrowing a Topic & Evaluating Internet Sources Global History 10 - Unit 3 Bronx Lab School
  • 2. 5 Steps to BLS History Day <ul><li>Pick a general topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World War I, Russian Revolution, World War II, Cold war </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learn about your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a specific topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Triumph and Tragedy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research, Research, Research </li></ul><ul><li>Present Your Learning </li></ul>
  • 3. 8 Steps to Historical Research <ul><li>Getting Organized for Research </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting a General Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Background Reading for Historical Context </li></ul><ul><li>4) Narrowing Your Topic </li></ul><ul><li>5) Gathering and Recording Information </li></ul><ul><li>6) Analyzing and Interpreting Sources </li></ul><ul><li>7) Developing a Thesis </li></ul><ul><li>8) Developing, Improving, and Finalizing a National History Day Project </li></ul>
  • 4. Step 4: Narrowing a Topic <ul><li>What makes for a good research topic? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is related to your general subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is something you are VERY interested in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is very specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can relate it to the theme of Triumph and Tragedy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You will be able to find good Primary and Secondary Resources about it </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. Step 4: Narrowing a Topic <ul><li>Topic Examples - Good or Bad? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Holocaust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World War I Fighting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Experience of Soldiers Fighting in the Trenches of the Western Front </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spying in the Cold War </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The U-2 Spy Plane Incident </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. Step 4: Narrowing a Topic <ul><li>Think about this as you go through the activity through today </li></ul><ul><li>Your homework is to come up with a tentative topic and complete the Preliminary Topic Selection Sheet (handout) </li></ul>
  • 7. Step 5 - Gathering and Recording Information <ul><li>How do we find good information? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Key Parts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Finding Info </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Good Info </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our focus for today </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is trustworthy information </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  • 8. What is good information? <ul><li>Good information presents a balanced view of a historical topic </li></ul><ul><li>Good information exists to inform, not to persuade </li></ul><ul><li>Good information is considered trustworthy by experts and </li></ul>
  • 9. Where do we find good information? <ul><li>The easy answer - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians are experts who have selected books for good reason (in most cases) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The hard answer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some is good, some is bad </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But it is convenient </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 10. Why is it Important to Evaluate Information we find on the Net? <ul><li>Example 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>martinlutherking.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Example 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Example 3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rutgers Oral History Archive </li></ul></ul>

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