Grade 10: Edo Period Research

Today we will be working on exploratory research for your historical investigation on the Edo period of Japan. Effective researchers use a variety of academic sources in their research. To start, you can use Wikipedia for academic research, but maybe not in the way that you think. Watch this video to see how Wikipedia can be your trampoline into databases and digital libraries.

Now that you’ve developed a list of search terms, keywords, people and dates, it’s time to dive into the real academic resources. Do you know NOTHING about your topic beyond the quickie Wiki overview? Get background information on your topic by searching Encyclopaedia Britannica. (The first two minutes are most relevant to you. After that it gets kind of promotion-y.) You can access Encyclopaedia Britannica by going to our new YIS Library Research Portal. Get the password from your librarian.

Once you’ve got a basic understanding of your topic, it’s time to research using more sophisticated academic tools. Watch the tutorials and complete the “scavenger hunt” for these resources.

After this session, your class is going to be well prepared for next weeks’ field trip. Share something you learned today on our Padlets:

Interesting Edo Research padlet – Group 1

Interesting Edo research padlet – Group 2

Please fill out this short survey on today’s session.

Research: Quoting, Paraphrasing & Summarizing

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Photo “Writing? Yeah” by Flickr user Caleb Roenigk under CC BY 2.0

Take more effective notes by sharpening your paraphrasing and summarizing skills. The Purdue University Online Writing Lab has an excellent set of resources to help you improve your skills.

Want some extra examples? Check out this presentation below for tips and tricks for quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing.

Extended Essay: Planning your research

Using the Big6 research model to frame and plan your research will lead to a more successful Extended Essay, particularly when it’s time to write your rough draft. This EE session will focus on the first two steps and touch on the third step.

Task Definition

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 9.54.47 AMIt’s essential to start your research by identifying your information problem and determining the information you’ll need to solve that problem. Start by completing the Task Definition sheet. Still between topics? Fill out two!

Have you read a sample essay yet? Visit the YIS EE Libguide and read a sample paper now. Seeing how others used information will help you determine what you need to know. Mine their bibliographies and see what kind of information successful EEs in your subject area cited.

Information Seeking Strategies

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 9.57.39 AMOnce you’ve determined what kind of information you need, now you have to figure out the absolute best possible sources to get that information. Dream big! Think of all the possibilities if there were no geographical or financial constrictions. Then brainstorm alternatives for sources that just can’t be accessed.

Start by filling out the YIS Research Planner. Think as broadly as possible. Aim for expert. Aim for variety. You will narrow down later, but it’s best to start broadly.

It’s great to start with Wikipedia as a trampoline into other resources. Step 2 is good time to review relevant Wikipedia articles for academic research, but remember you can’t use them on your bibliography. You need to be looking at authoritative, reliable resources. Make sure you evaluate all of your resources using the CRAAP method.

Location and Access

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 9.39.12 AMNow that you’ve figured out which resources will be your best resources, it’s time to actually get your hands on them. This means two things:

1. Starting an Annotated Bibliography

It is essential you keep an organized list of your resources, preferably in MLA format, as you conduct your research. Updating an annotated MLA bibliography as you research will ensure you never lose a source, have a snapshot of your research at all times, and are ready to cite any resource when you begin writing your paper. Each resource should include a full MLA citation followed by a paragraph, summarizing the content of the resource, evaluating the resource, and reflecting on its overall fit into your project. Visit the Purdue OWL for more information on annotated bibliographies and don’t forget our citation guide to make sure you get the MLA just right.

2. Effectively using library resources

The library subscribes to a variety of electronic resources to help you find reliable academic resources for your research. Using Ebscohost databases and JSTOR gives you access to materials you might have to pay to access otherwise.

  1. Ebscohost Tutorials
  2. JSTOR Tutorials

Another resource that can be useful if Google’s specialized search engine Google Scholar. Read Google Scholar’s About Us page and their Search Tips to get the most out of your experience.

Upgrade Your Blogging

Good afternoon YIS teachers! This post focuses on 5 easy ways to enhance your blog.

#1: TagLines

These are your own personal blog slogan.  You can edit your site’s tagline under Settings>General. Fix it RIGHT NOW.  You are not “Just another YIS Learning Hub site”.

#2: About Page

Not really sure on the difference between posts and pages? EduBlogs has got you covered.  Now that you’ve cleared that up, grab a new page and make it all About You!

via Flickr user lynetter under CC BY-NC 2.0

#3: Tags and Categories

Tags and categories are two different tools users use to navigate and explore the content on your blog. According to the EduBlogs help site, “Categories are like chapters of a book; they provide a general overview of the topics you blog about. Whereas tags are more like the index at the back of the book and explode the topic into a million bits (Categories versus Tags).

#4: Custom Menus

Custom Menus are the best secret no one knows about.  When you create custom menus to organize your content and juggle multiple classes, visitors to your blog think you’re some kind of fancy blog wizard.  Really, it’s as easy as SHAZAM!

via Flickr user lynetter under CC BY-NC 2.0

#5 Widgets

Don’t you look at other blogs and think, “Oooooh!  I want that rotating visitor map or a funky fish feeding game?”  You know you do.  And you can have it by going to Appearance>Widgets and dragging your favorite widgets to the right.  Don’t see the Widget you want?  Find the HTML code online and paste it into a text widget, the fanciest widget of all.

What’s that I hear? Ms. Katy, it seems like all you do is go to EduBlogs Help and search for how to do what you want to do?  SHAZAM, I say, SHAZAM.

Research Tutorials: JSTOR

How to Use JSTOR by JSTOR.org
How to Use JSTOR by JSTOR.org

JSTOR is an online academic library that allows you access to journal articles, primary source documents and books. It is appropriate for DP research, particularly the Extended Essay, as well as some upper MYP research. Here’s a 1 minute video overview of searching JSTOR.

JSTOR in a minute: Search Tips from JSTOR on Vimeo.

Prefer more detail? This slideshow walks you through the basics of researching with JSTOR, including basic searches, advanced searches, organizing your results and using MyJSTOR.

JSTOR has recently expanded their eBook collection, and they’re quite proud of it. The video below gives a one minute overview of eBooks in JSTOR; watch it and learn how to make eBooks work for you.

Dōmo arigatō: An Anthology of Thanks

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お礼 – Thank You photo by Flickr user Japanexperterna.se under CC BY SA 2.0

Naomi Shihab Nye san, dōmo arigatō for the three wonderful days you spent with us at Yokohama International School. Everyone cannot stop talking about how fabulous it was that you came into our lives. There’s amazing writing going on, and the ripples of your visit are still being felt. Thank you so much for being your authentic self. You were kind, giving and just over all lovely. Please come back anytime!

We wanted to thank you for your time and generosity, so the best way we could think of to do that was to share some more of our writing with you. Here is our Anthology of Thanks, made of poems from our community.

 

302 Sunsets – Number Two

A Third Hand – Leah Edwards

Chinese Face – Adam Y.

Compliments – Larissa S.

Dear Naomi – Andrew Hutton

Mrs. Nye, See You Again, The Cat & Goodbye Mrs. Nye – Langston D.

Untitled – Dennis Stanworth

What she brought with her – CB

 

Researching with Ebscohost: Tutorials

Research :Mediterranean Center of Medical Sciences under CC BY 2.0
Flickr Photo “Research :Mediterranean Center of Medical Sciences” by MCMScience Mediterranean under CC BY 2.0

EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. EBSCOhost offers customizable basic and advanced searching supported by Boolean logic, natural language, enhanced subject indexing and journal searching. With links from the full record display to related articles by subject, magazine issue or author, users can further explore their topic. In addition, EBSCOhost allows patrons to print, email or download multiple articles.

To learn more about how to use this resource, watch the EBSCOhost tutorials below.

Upcoming Visit: Naomi Shihab Nye

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The library will be hosting Naomi Shihab Nye, a renowned Palestinian-American poet, essayist and educator,from Wednesday January 20- Friday January 22.  While she is here, she will conduct writing workshops with students as well as give a community wide poetry reading on Friday from 4-5 pm.

Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” A poet, song-writer and novelist, she has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East , A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words Under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). She is also the author of Mint Snowball, Never in a Hurry, I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are you Okay? Tales of Driving and Being Driven(essays); Habibi and Going Going (novels for young readers); Baby Radar and Sitti’s Secrets (picture books) and There Is No Long Distance Now (a collection of very short stories). Other works include several prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers.  Her collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Her new novel for children, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen both a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book and a 2015 Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. The Turtle of Oman was also awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature.

We hope you enjoy her visit to YIS!

Evaluating Your Sources

Is your source CRAAP?

When you’re conducting research for school (or for personal reasons), make sure to evaluate your sources of information for

  • Currency: the timeliness of the information
  • Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
  • Authority: the source of the information
  • Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content
  • Purpose: the reason the information exists

The Meriam library from California State University Chico designed this evaluation tool to help you decide if your sources are good enough to use in your final product. Grade 8 science students, share a resource you’ve evaluated on these spreadsheets:

Make sure to add details for each category as well as a final 1-5 star rating. 1 star means this resource is completely unreliable and 5 stars means it’s perfect, reaching the highest levels of reliability for each category.

Do you use Wikipedia in your research? It’s a great resource to start your research, but you shouldn’t use it as a source in your final products. Watch this CLIP video to learn why it’s not something to include on your works cited list but you can use for academic research.

New Books – March 2013

PICTURE BOOKS
Cover imageBedtime is canceled by Cece Meng
When a newspaper headline says that bedtime is canceled, children everywhere rejoice.

Cover imageMr. Zinger’s hat by Cary Fagan
When Mr. Zinger’s hat flies in and interrupts Leo’s playing, the two of them construct a story as to how exactly the hat took off

MIDDLE FICTION

Cover imageEndangered by Eliot Schrefer
Reluctantly accompanying her advocate mother to a bonobo sanctuary, a teen girl participates in a desperate effort to rescue the bonobos and survive in the jungle when a revolution breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked.
Cover imageAshen Winter by Mike Mullin
More than 6 months after the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano, Alex & Darla retrace their steps to Iowa hoping to find Alex’s parents & bring them to the tenuous safety of Illinois, but the journey is ever more perilous as the remaining communities fight to the death for food and power.

Cover imageThe girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Cover imageIdentical by Ellen Hopkins
Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.

Cover imageThe future of us by Jay Asher
Emma gets her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM in 1996, & when her best friend Josh visits and they log on, they discover themselves on Facebook fifteen years in the future.

Cover imageI, Funny by James Patterson
Resolving to become the world’s greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.

Cover imageStarry river of the sky, by Grace Lin
An innkeeper’s chore boy discovers that a visitor’s stories hold the key to returning the moon to the Starry River of the Sky.
SENIOR FICTION

Cover imageBring up the bodies : a novel by Hilary Mantel
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012

“The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?”–
“Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?”–

Cover imageBilly Lynn’s long halftime walk by Ben Fountain

A satire set in Texas during America’s war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.

GRAPHIC NOVEL

Cover imageCardboard by Doug TenNapel

After Cam’s father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday, they fashion it into a man that comes to life, but things spin out of control when a bully steals a scrap of the cardboard to create creatures that disobey his orders and multiply into an army.