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8th Grade World War II Research Project




You work for a World War II museum that has room for several new exhibits about little-known aspects of the war. You need to find a compelling topic to propose to the museum directors and convince them that your topic deserves to be made into a permanent museum exhibit so that the world does not forget its importance.



You will write a 5-paragraph essay explaining why your topic is important and supporting your thesis with three clear reasons. You will also give a 1.5 minute presentation to the “museum directors” and the class explaining why your exhibit deserves to be chosen. The presentation will include a slideshow made up only of 3 images to support your position.


Click here for more a more detailed project assignment sheet.



Day 1: Topic Selection  

List of topic ideas


Day 2: Introduction to Pre-search:

Ms. Vito will discuss the process of pre-search and avaialble sources for you.

You will need to look at nine sources and take down some very basic notes before doing any official citations or note taking.

After the introduction, students will set up their own butcher paper and start in on database articles as described in Keynote.

Days 3-5: Butcher Paper Pre-search

Continue finding 9 sources, reading for comprehension, compiling key words, and jotting down interesting information.


Day 6:

Read over the sources and notes on the butcher paper, highlighting at least 4 sources you want to use for writing your paper.

Create a new project in Noodle Tools and cite those sources.

Begin filling out the Thesis and Supports page. 


Day 7:

Return to the selected sources that were highlighted last week and begin taking notes in Noodle Tools (referring to the butcher paper and the original source). Discussion of paraphrasing and summarizing.


Days 8 and 9:

Continue notetaking, revising outline, and writing paper if ready.

Day 10:

Pitch due.



Important Docs

Updated Requirement

You need at least nine sources. 

Three of the sources should be from websites. Three should be database articles. At least one should be a book. The other two can be any kind of reliable source (websites, videos, interviews, books). 

Each individual should create a Noodle Tools project to keep your list of works cited. 


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