Project Background and Requirements
Dictators Project, October 2013, History 8
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.
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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