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1 Research Project English II

2 We will soon begin our first semester research project. After it has been approved, you will research the topic of your choice, create an annotated bibliography, and create a short PowerPoint presentation. Overview

3 Individuals If you choose to work by yourself, you will meet the following requirements: You will have to ask three specific questions about your topic. Example - Topic: Alice in Wonderland Unacceptable Questions: What is the Alice in Wonderland? Acceptable Question: For what reasons did Lewis Carroll write Alice in Wonderland? You will have to use at least three different sources, one of which must be a book. Wikipedia is not a valid source!

4 A Pair If you choose to work with a partner, you will meet the following requirements: You will have to ask five specific questions about your topic. Example - Topic: Alice in Wonderland Unacceptable Questions: What adventures does Alice have in Wonderland? Acceptable Question: What happens to Alice when she meets the Queen of Hearts? You will have to use at least five different sources, two of which must be books. Wikipedia is not a valid source!

5 Research You will printout or photocopy each of your sources. You will annotate each source. (Refer to the annotation handout.) You will create an annotated bibliography. (Refer to the annotated bibliography handout.)

6 Book Source information For a book source, you need the following information: –Author/editor –Title –Article title (if there is one) –City of publication –Publisher –Copyright date

7 Website Source Information For a website, you will need the following information: –Author/editor –Title of the article –Title of the website –Name of database (if one is used) –Date you accessed the information –Complete web address

8 Annotated Bibliography An annotated bibliography is an alphabetical list of the sources used. Each entry also includes a summary and evaluation of the source. katieledger.blogspot.com/2007_10_01_archive.html

9 Example entry Andersen, Hans. “The Evolution of the Evil Stepmother.” The World of Fairytales. 28 October This article, directed towards high school students, chiefly evaluates the role of stepparents, namely the stepmother, in fairytales. It discusses the notion that the stepmother is symbolic of society’s obsession with beauty. The constant attempts of various stepmothers to eliminate their children parallels society’s constant attempt to conquer that intangible ideal, beauty. The article delineates the archetype shared by stepmothers found in fairytales in nearly every culture and time period. Though stepfathers are uncommon in fairytales, the book does address the few fairytales that contain stepfathers as well as other types of guardians. This article also discusses the negative impact the portrayal of stepparents has had on society’s perception of stepparents, stepmothers specifically. This comprehensive article is an excellent resource to aide in the understanding of the stepmother’s role in fairytales. The information provided is easy to understand and straightforward. Also, there are some interesting graphic interpretations of various fairytale stepmothers. I would highly recommend this article.

10 PowerPoint presentation Your PowerPoint must contain: –Individual: 7 slides plus annotated bibliography –A pair: 11 slides plus annotated bibliography Each slide in the body of the PowerPoint must contain at least eight pieces of information. Each time you provide information, you must document your source. Your PowerPoint must be colorful and contain pictures. –Be sure to document each picture You will present your PowerPoint to the class.

11 Grade Breakdown Major Grade #1 –Annotated Bibliography Major Grade #2 –PowerPoint (45 pts) –Presentation (25 pts) –Annotated printouts/photocopies (30 pts)


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