John Adams

Middle School

8th Grade Soc. Studies Int'l Figure Research Project

Researching International Figures (People)

Need the list of topics to choose from?     JA social studies paper topics 2014-15.pdf

Research Resources

Search and find the basics and more with:

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       A website with biographies of famous and infamous people.

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       A search engine that delivers information from reliable sources.
       This is the search engine part of easybib  that delivers information and rates it's reliability, so (hint) pick the reliable ones from your search results.

>     Image result for britannica school logo Encyclopedia Britannica
This is an online encyclopedia that may help with background information 


Paper Formatting Help

Here are links to help with source citations and paper formatting:

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Get citation help!  This is the home page of that helps with citations.

>Image result for perdue owl logo SAMPLE WORKS CITED PAGE
Need to see a sample works cited page with MLA formatting?  OWL has a sample page, plus other MLA help.


Advanced Challenges for researchers:

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Ying and Yang (some good / some bad)

Additional Dimensions to the story

1. 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.

2. 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 data or discoveries, newspapers or anything else from that time in history (again use a reliable source).

Looking for Primary Data: Interviews - Photos - Letter - Scientific Data etc?
Try these sites... they may help, or not.

NY Times Site    BBC News

Google Advanced Search (limited to .edu - college sites)


Finished early? Need extra non-graded learning opportunities?

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)
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)

Bruce Jenner Article: LA Times Feb 19, 2015

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