Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Using my school's internet database, and a program called Issues and Controversies (which gives two viewpoints about a number of important historical events) I created a Weebly project for my Honors US History I class to create their own issue websites. The results are coming in after vacation and I am excited to see students interact with this new medium. This is the handout given to the students:

1. First Select a Topic

a. Go to www.wakefield.k12.ma.us/highschool/library.html

b. Select “Library Databases”

c. Select “Issues and Controversies in American History”

d. Select “View All Periods” under “Chronological Index” in lower left hand

e. Pick a topic from “Civil War and Reconstruction.”

2. Next go to education.weebly.com

a. Enter your username and password

b. Take tutorial on Weebly program

3. Please Include the following pages on your website:

a. Home Page (Introduce the Issue/Generate a Thesis)

b. In support of the issue

c. In opposition of the issue

d. Discussion Questions/Activity

e. Conclusion (Stating your opinion/Which side was more persuasive)

f. Bibliography Page

4. Whatever topic is chosen, everything you need is on the Issues and Controversies website. The topic page will provide not only a subject to cover but also a question about the issue.

a. Read all links on the topic’s page, decide what material is most useful

b. Use that information to address each of the discussion questions. Understanding how to answer them will be vital to writing your paper

c. Use at least 6 footnotes. Cite at least 3 primary sources for each side of the issue (6 total). Footnotes are used for quotations, statistics, or to acknowledge someone else’s original idea. Footnotes are listed in the order of the citations with the Author’s first name listed first. Footnotes numbers are listed without periods or parenthesis.

d. Include a Work Cited page (Bibliography) with the author’s last name listed first. The Works Cited must have at least 10 entries, including the 6 primary sources used, as well as 4 secondary sources

e. Pictures do no count towards your works cited total requirements, but must be attributed if used. Put a parenthesis at the bottom of the page to correspond with any pictures used. Wikipedia is a great site for borrowing pictures, they are already in the public domain.

1 comment:

  1. Andy, thanks for the recommendation of the Issues and Controversies website. I am always looking for resources that showcase history as complex and subject to debate and interpretation. I'm anxious to see your students' projects. Perhaps you'll post a few here.