Monday, March 24, 2014

Social Issue Project: Research Phase: Note-taking and Annotated Bibliography

Social Issues & Group Members

Issues and implications of socioeconomic in equality in education in the 21st century: Cody E, Dan C, Morey R, Joseph C

Issues and implications of gender in the 21st century: Gloria K, Josette T, Emma P

Issues and implications of environmental change in the 21st century: Emily N, Everest C, Winslow L, Rachael S, Ella B

The relationship between surveillance, safety, privacy, and freedom in the 21st century: Spencer T, Ryan C, Accursio O

Issues and implications of abuse of vulnerable members of society in the 21st century: Michael M, Lauren H, Tess B, Jaclyn W, Hannah L

Issues and implications of psychological disorders in the 21st century: Paula C, Melanie M, Kate P, Laura J, Johayne M

Issues and implications of psychoactive drugs in the 21st century: Meghan O, Ryan B, Zoe P, Bethany H

Research Phase Products: Double-entry notes & Annotated Bibliography

Each member of your group is responsible for finding seven (7) sources.
Of your seven sources at least four must be from the following categories:

  • a text accessed through a database subscribed to by the GHS library
  • a text accessed through Google books or Google scholar
  • a text found on a university, nonprofit, or government website
  • a text found at the Sawyer Free Library
  • a section of a text found using a book’s index
  • a recorded lecture (such as a TED talk), recorded interview, or documentary film/video
By Friday, April 4 you will have completed double-entry notes for each of your seven (7) sources. 
* Put citation information at the top of each page of notes. 
* On the left side of your notes summarize, paraphrase, and quote information from the source. 
* On the right side of your notes analyze, evaluate, and assess the relevance of your source; you might also include your own ideas, opinions, and questions. 
* Be thorough on the left side and thoughtful on the right side. 
* Double-entry notes will be shared with me in a group Google document and, if necessary, in paper form.
* Make sure your name is on your notes.

On Monday, April 7 you will submit the final draft of your annotated bibliography*. (You will submit the work as a group, both in print form and using a Google Document. Your individual work will bear your name; you will be assessed on your own work.)

*Use MLA format for heading, citations, format, etc. Remember alphabetical order. Pay attention to spacing. Make sure citations are not only formatted properly but also thorough. Annotations should be 150-200 words in length (not longer); they should provide a summary of the source, an assessment (analysis and evaluation) of the source, and a discussion of the relevance of the source to your research topic and your developing opinions about the topic (including how you might use the source in an argument essay). Make sure you include your name or initials on your annotations.

Annotated bibliography definitions, purpose, and format
Annotated bibliography samples
Complete annotated bibliography with assessment 

Brainstorming Topics (Day 0: Monday, March 24)
1. As a class create a list of twenty-first century social issues that we'd be interested both to learn more about and have an opinion on.
2. Individually, select the three issues you're most interested in.
3. Mr. Cook will create social issue groups based on the responses.
Getting started (Day 1: Tuesday, March 25)
1. With your group members create a Google document for your double-entry notes and annotated bibliography. Include the topic name in the title of document.
2. With your group members create a visual brainstorm (a mind map) of possible areas of research. Think about issues and implications. Think about subtopics. Think about information and opinion. Think about cultures and context. Map out your curiosity about the social issue.

Leave class with access to a group document, as well as knowledge of what aspects your topic your group as a whole is interested in researching and which of those aspects you in particular are going to pursue. 

Exploring sources (Day 2-4: Wednesday-Friday, March 25-27)
1. Learn how to access the GHS general research resources (a.k.a. databases), Google scholar, and Google books. Sign up for a Boston Public Library e-card to expand your searching power. (Directions here.) Thank you, Ms. Whitney for the presentation.

2. Use your topic title and brainstorming map to select words and phrases to search using the various resources you've been introduced to. 

3. When you find a source you'd like to use in your annotated bibliography take double-entry notes (see above for directions) in your group's Google document.
More notes and writing an annotated bibliography (Day 5: Monday, March 31)
1. Continue to work on finding sources and taking double-entry notes.
2. Create a Google document for your group's annotated bibliography.
3. Look closer at the annotated bibliography directions, format, guides, and examples (above).
Finishing double-entry notes and the annotated bibliography (Day 6-10: Tuesday, April 1-Monday, April 7)
1. Work on your own time to finish double-entry notes. Due Friday 4/4.
2. Work on your own to finish the annotated bibliography. Due Monday 4/7.

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