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Monroe Middle School Library: 8th Grade Social Studies Research Project

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8th Grade Social Studies Research Project

This webpage will guide you through your social studies project.  Simply complete each task in number order.

Your Social Studies Teacher will have a packet ready for you to complete.

Topic Choices

Choosing your topic & completing your Topic Selection Sheet.

 Do NOT go on until you have finished your Topic Selection Sheet

Setting up your Noodletools Account

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YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR IPAD TURNED SO THAT IT FATTER NOT TALLER OR NOODLETOOLS WILL NOT WORK.

 

 

 

 

1)Go to the Monroe Library Page, click on “Noodletools”

2) Click on the three lines in the top RIGHT corner and choose “Login”

3) On the Right side, Where it says “Access Via G-Suite/Office365”, type in your school email address.

4) Click “Sign in with Office365 or Microsoft365”

5) You will be prompted to enter your school email address and password again— do it.

6) If it says create account, create an account— put in your School_Monroe Middle School

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1) Click on +New Project on the top right of your Noodletools account main page.

2) Put in your project info as shown– just add your last name to the end of the project title.

3) Click “Submit”

Now go and start on #3

Prepping Your Final Project

Before you start finding sources and taking notes

Before you take notes or look for sources, it is a good idea to decide what you are going to be doing with this info.

Finding info in the Databases

Finding Information, Citing Sources and Note-taking

Now you will be finding 3 sources of information about your topic and taking notes.

Do NOT begin this section UNTIL:

  • You have created or at least Logged into Noodletools

IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE THIS, SCROLL UP TO THE TOP OF THIS PAGE AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT NOODLETOOLS ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE.

DO NOT GO ON UNTIL YOU HAVE HAVE TAKEN NOTES OVER 3 DIFFERENT SOURCES AND GOTTEN YOUR CITATIONS FOR THESE SOURCES INTO NOODLETOOLS.

Written Portion that EVERYBODY must do

Write your paragraph on the unintended consequences of Westward Expansion/Manifest Destiny.

Final Project

Final Project

This is where you are going to create whatever you decide to do earlier on that RAFT page -- see #3 above if you don't remember how it works. 

See your Social Studies teacher or Librarian if you need certain supplies or extra help putting it together.  Remember-- use stuff that you learned from your research.

Self Evaluation

Do NOT complete this self-evaluation until you have turned in your final project.

Tutorials

Find all of the tutorials you might need for this project in this column.

Citing Your Source

How to Copy a Citation from a Gale Database to Noodletools?

Send to OneDrive

How to Save a Copy of a Source into Your OneDrive Account?

IF You decide to use a website that is NOT a school database

If you use any of the following non-database sources for information, please watch the video on how to find and cite that website.


Websites:

PBS New Perspectives on the West

http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/

Smithsonian Primary Sources

http://www.smithsoniansource.org/display/primarysource/results.aspx?hId=1000

Library of Congress Primary Sources

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/westward/

PBS—U.S. Mexican War

http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/resources/manifest_destiny_sullivan.html

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic Museum

http://cprr.org/Museum/index.html#Read

Transcontinental Railroad Primary Sources

http://primarysourcenexus.org/2012/05/today-in-history-transcontinental-railroad-completed/

California State Library—Gold Rush

http://www.library.ca.gov/goldrush/

Library of Congress—Homestead Act

https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Homestead.html

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