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Ms. Cooper's assignment, October, 2013
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Project Background and Requirements

Dictators Project, October 2013, History 8


  Project Background


You will be starting to read Animal Farm in English, and its commentary on how totalitarian societies develop continues to be relevant more than 60 years later. In this two-week project, you will tie history to literature by:  

A)    Choosing one or more questions you want to answer about a dictator;

B)     Researching a dictator in Prep’s library;

C)    Writing something creative to synthesize your research;

D)    Sharing your research with your classmates.


Project Requirements


ð       1.   At least 3 sources that help answer your question(s):


A)    One overview in a book OR Encyclopaedia Britannica article OR Gale article (World History in Context or Opposing Viewpoints).


B)     Two articles from Proquest Historical Newspapers (historical, to approx. 1995) and/or ProQuest Research Library (current, approx. 1995-present))


§  Each source that you used must be printed out or photocopied.  The information that you use for your notes must be highlighted


ð       2.   Works Cited list, created in NoodleTools and with a couple of sentences of annotations

per source.  Explain WHY you like the source in your annotations.  See model later in the packet for an example of how this will look.


ð       3.   Bullet-point notes on each source: at least 30 bullet points total for three sources,

and at least 6 per source. Each bullet point should be a good, full sentence or two.  Bullet points MUST BE IN YOUR OWN WORDS.  


ð       4.   Creative response to what you’ve learned about your dictator. Include parenthetical    

      citations in MLA format (author’s last name and page number).


ð       5. Two-to-three-minute presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 29, or Wednesday, Oct. 30,    

            explaining and/or presenting part of your creative product. 

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