Presentation on theme: "We the People – Opening Statements and Research. Opening Statements Must: Be no more or less than 4 minutes long – Less than 3:50 is too short – More."— Presentation transcript:
Opening Statements Must: Be no more or less than 4 minutes long – Less than 3:50 is too short – More than 4:10 is too long Answer all parts of the question directly Contain specific research Include contributions from all group members
The Best Opening Statements: Start and End with a Quote that represents the ideas presented in the rest of the statement Clearly answers the question Does not waste time with statements that do not say anything Has multiple sources referenced and lots of specific examples
Each Opening Statement Should Have the Following Types of Research: Quotes relative to question topic (Power Quotes, Internet) Constitutional Connections Scholarly Journal Articles Current Events Examples Case Law Historical Examples Federalist/Anti-Federalist Papers
When Conducting Research: Do not expect to find the answer explicitly stated on the internet Break the question into smaller parts and use each part as a search topic Google and Google Scholar are the best search engines Use Google Books Wikipedia is not acceptable unless you use it for the sources listed at the bottom of the page Remember – not everything on the internet is true – verify your sources!
Research Logs Each Day you are in the lab, you must complete a research log (on website) DUE AT THE END OF EACH CLASS Must be typed – must include the topics researched, name of source (full MLA citation) Key information with connections to question – Summarize – can be in bullet points or sentences – Purpose: Help you organize research and create OS and annotated bibliographies in future
Library Resources Electronic Encyclopedia of American Government Opposing Viewpoints SIRS Researcher All can be accessed through Library’s website See BH or Mrs. Jackson for log-in information