Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Research Projects in the Library

Students in 7th and 8th grade are busy researching using one of the Alabama Virtual Library's databases - Ebsco host. They are becoming experts, too! They have learned to click on full text articles and not just look at the abstracts and they have learned what "hyperlinks" are. We tirelessly try to add to their technology vocabulary in the IMS library.

Here are just a few of their projects:

7th graders - Research on a problem in an African county and at least three causes of the "problem"

  • They have learned about infant mortality and what that means in so many African countries
  • They have learned about HIV Aids and the serious consequences of the causes of that disease (poverty, war migration, etc.)
  • They have learned about illiteracy in other countries and compared it to Alabama's literacy rate
  • They have learned about poverty and its causes
8th graders - Research on CNN heroes mostly done on the CNN website

  • These students have learned what goodness can come out of tragedy, such as The Josh Project that sprang out of a woman's grief for her son who drowned - www.cnn.com
  • They have learned that one person can make a huge difference in the life of a community
  • If they had started this Monday, they would surely be reading about all of the heroes in Boston...

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