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John Adams

Middle School

7th Grade Biography Unit


Welcome 7th Graders!


Here are some helpful links to assist you in your American Biography projects.


Influential Americans 2016.pdf

- Powerpoint on Research

                        
                        
 
Please use the Research Sources and Paper Writing Sites below.  
Good luck on your projects!

   Library Books - 
 Links to find books at JA and at Rochester    Public Library: 
                       
 >  
 >John Adams Library Catalog 

 >    > Rochester Public Library 


  Research Resources-
Search and find the basics and more with:

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>Encyclopedia Britanica High School (9-12)  
  (Reliable Online Encyclopedia)
 

 >    >Biography In Context (Research Database) 
 (Reliable Database)

 >  Image result for bio.com logo  >www. Biography.com 
 A reliable website with biographies of famous and infamous people.

 >   >www.history.com
A reliable website from the History Channel

 >   >Biographyonline.net/ 
   (Reliable website)


  >   www.americaslibrary.gov
Library of Congress Site - has random quiz



Image result for writing  Paper Writing Links - 
Find help with MLA citations, bibliographies, etc.
 


> 
   > www.easybib.com  Helps with creating citations, bibliographies & works cited pages

>    http://www.citationmachine.net/MLA 
Site helps with creating citations, etc., 


>
 Image result for perdue owl logo  > Owl Online MLA Writing Lab     
   - MLA / Paper formatting Guide            from Purdue University

- Also click to see:  
sample "works cited" page      - sample college level MLA paper

   For Advanced Users- 
(for searching beyond general background info):

>  Image result for sweetsearch logo  >www,Sweetsearch.com   
(search engine designed for education) 

 >   >Google.com/Adv. Search
(google only .gov sites)


Really Advanced Challenges for researchers:

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Ying and Yang (some good / some bad)

Can You Find Additional Sides or Dimensions to the story?


Can you find additional dimensions to the story?  What is missing or has been left out of the story and can you find that?  After you find the basics, can you discover unusual truths (from reliable sources)?


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Mr. Peabody, the time traveling dog.

Can you Locate PRIMARY DATA on your topic?
After getting the basics, can you find primary data that (like Mr. Peabody) takes you back in time and cuts through writer and historian bias?  Look for exact quotes or interviews, letters, photos, scientific dataor discoveries, newspapers or anything else from that time in history (again use a reliable source).

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   Finished early?

Need extra non-graded learning opportunities to take you On Beyond?

Additional reading / listening for those finishing early, or 
who have web access and free time on the weekend.

>Why Study History - By the American History Association (article)

George Washington, Slave Catcher (NY Times Opinion Piece, Feb. 16, 2015)
   
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Additional thought provoking materials:

Aspen Ideas Festival: David Brooks 'character' speech (NPR)

>Why digital natives perfer reading "in print" (Washington Post)
>How reading quality fiction makes our brains better (youtube)











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