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Students began the unit by choosing a character or event in history that they wanted to research. Each student selected a topic, then met with the teacher to discuss the topic to see if it met the guidelines and would be suitable for a fictionalized account of history. The students were then given time to research the topic using library books, magazines and the Internet.

As the students worked on their project, the teacher instructed them in note taking, using note cards, citing reference sources, and narrowing their topic. The Media Specialist helped students find materials and individually worked with students on use of the Internet, online databases, and CD-ROMs. Students were required to hand in note cards and rough drafts over a period of weeks so the teacher would be sure the students were writing their own paper and that they were working on it. Students worked on this assignment for 8 weeks.

During the research phase, students asked their teacher and the media specialist for guidance and assistance. Once their material was gathered, the students created fictionalized historical reports based on their research. The papers created were assessed based on proper citation, proper grammar, writing, content, and creativity.

 
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Author(s): Jim Caldwell, Jan Jungk
School: Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Illinois
Created: March 10, 1999 - Updated: April 27, 1999
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w99/projects/chswar/pre.html