Monday, April 6, 2009

Library Visit, 4/6

Here's your assignment for The Red Badge of Courage (why did I italicize that?).

Apply your understanding of The Red Badge of Courage to a current conflict in the world. Find a “youth” involved in the conflict and compare and contrast Henry’s perspective of war by the end of RBC with this youth’s story/perspective.

Worth: test grade. Note: test grade will be lowered by one letter grade if you fail to return the book. Due: 1st draft due 4/17, second draft TBD.

Today in the library, determine which conflict you will cover. Note: you won't cover a conflict that another classmate is covering!

  • Visit the Global Security "World at War" website. Read about a few conflicts before narrowing down your choices.
  • See Mr. McG. after ten minutes of reading have elapsed to "lock in" your conflict. Come to him with a backup choice.
  • Sign up for a gmail account if you don't already have one.
  • Visit the Google News homepage and do a preliminary search for your conflict in recent news.
  • Set a Google News alert for each term you've searched for so you can be alerted each day to new news about your topic.
  • Use the word "children" or "youth" or "families" or "kids" or "child" along with your conflict's name to start searching for how children are affected by your conflict.
  • Find a specific child's story associated with your conflict. If you find stories of unnamed children, youths, kids, or families, it will be acceptable to tell their stories but just as much citation will be required.
  • Check the Internet Public Library for more information on your conflict.
  • Keep track of your sources as you research. Take good notes.

What do you do when you're done?