World War II Research
Paper and Presentation (Pitch)
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 or pitch 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 2-3 minute presentation to the “museum director” and the class explaining why your exhibit deserves to be chosen. The presentation will include a slideshow made up only of 3 images (without words) to support your position.
- Get list of possible topics
- Use Wikipedia or other web resources to get a basic overview of 3 topics of interest
- Write down 3 choices on index card
- Receive your topic
- Remainder of class, continue to read about your topic….No notetaking today--just reading (or viewing) to get an overview
- 3 Databases
- 3 Websites
- 1 Book
- You may fill in the last 2 sources with a video/book/website/database
- You only need to use 4 sources in your paper, but you may use all 9 if you choose
- To get only .edu/.org/.gov domains … type site:edu or site:org or site:gov
- Cite all sources in Noodletools
- MLA- Advanced- Printed bibliography page
- Paraphrase all notes on butcher paper
- Note interesting facts, questions, people, events
(I) Introduction paragraph (5-8 sentences)
- Strong “hook” topic sentence (e.g. quote, question, etc.)
- Supporting details
- Provide important background information
- Thesis statement (given to you) at end of paragraph (your main argument)
(II,III, IV) Three main paragraphs (arguments) that support Thesis Statement (7-9 sentences each)
- Strong evidence to support each paragraph/argument
- Quotes- only two quotes
- Modern day connections?
- Transitions between each paragraph/argument
- Vary sentence beginnings
(V) Conclusion paragraph (5-8 sentences)
- Pull all of the evidence together to “hit your thesis home”
- End with a bang (not a whimper!)
- MLA formatting
- Flow of ideas and overall organization
- Varied sentence beginnings and structures
- Transitions between paragraphs
- Strength of argument- Will your argument convince the Board?
Oral Presentation- “The Pitch”
- Select 3 powerful images to tell the story of your exhibit.
- Write engaging, interesting, and convincing text to support the 3 images.
- Rehearse the “pitch” delivery- eye contact, body language, volume, engaging the audience, keeping up with time constraint, expression, etc.
- Pitch lasts between 2 to 3 minutes
Research in class- Mon-Wed- 4/9-11
Type paper in class- Tues-Wed- 4/17-18
PAPER DUE- MONDAY, 4/23
ORAL PRESENTATIONS/THE PITCH- 4/23-25