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Wilson Southern Middle School Library: 8th Grade Multi Media - History Project
Great place to search for many topics. Results have been validated by educators and some sites provide an MLA citation.
A Google alternative safe search engine for students offering information and reference sites: art, social sciences,social issues,social problems, history, ...
World Book Online Encyclopedia
The World Book Online Encyclopedia is available with no login when your computer or mobile device is on school property. For home access, please ask Mrs. Allbee for the username and password or click on the password link on the LibGuide Homepage.
This searchable database is useful for quick access to accurate, reliable information. A full MLA citation for each article is at the bottom of each web page.
Background Reading: Start by writing down the facts of the topic.
Figure out the five “w’s:” who, what, when, where and why.
Start by writing your focus topic in the title box at the top of the page.
Types of questions:
In order to learn as much as possible from the interview experience you should write several questions that will encourage your subject to expand and explain their feelings and ideas. The second stage of questions should encourage your subject to dig deeper into the stories to explain why things happened and how they relate to other events. Below are some basic questions to help you get started.
What caused this event...?
Why did this happen...?
What happened next...?
Explain the reason for...?
What conclusion can you draw...?
What is your point of view about...?
Can you describe the scene...?
Can you explain a photograph...?
The last group of questions should offer your subject a chance to talk about the “big picture” by telling about what was good or bad, important or less important. These questions should be asked last because they allow the interview subject a chance to sum up and make conclusions. Remember that this is your subject’s opportunity to give his or her own opinion—you may or may not agree with the conclusions.
What was the happiest (funniest or saddest) memory?
What was your biggest accomplishment?
What actions would you change if you had a chance to re-live those years again?
What mistakes did people make during this period or event in history?
What should people today remember about this time/event?
Even with your best efforts some people may need some extra questions to encourage them to tell the full story. Don’t be afraid to ask for details or explanations.