Friday, May 23, 2014

Riggio Current Events Research

The examination of current events is an important component of World History. It is beneficial to study the past in order to gain background information to help understand the present, but it is also important to look at modern issues and conflicts. During this project, you will take an in-depth look at a current issue that you find interesting or meaningful. After you select a topic, you will track that subject and look for newspaper or magazine articles to analyze.

Choose a topic of personal interest. It must be of national or international importance and broad enough that you will be able to find up-to-date information. Some suggestions include (But are NOT limited to)…

- International Conflict

- Revolution and Civil War

- Global Issues

- Medical Issues (cloning, new cancer treatments or Stem Cell Research)

- Environmental Issues

- Human Rights Abuses and Genocide

- Military Dictatorships

- Terrorism

Research: Find at least 5 relevant articles that are connected to your topic. Articles should come from reliable sources (Newspapers, news magazines, online news outlets).  All articles must be dated.  Depending upon your topic, you may be able to find two different articles about the same event, but written from different points of view. For example, CNN might offer a different interpretation of a suicide bombing in Iraq than would Al Jazeera. You may wish to include a political cartoon.

Recommended Resources for this assignment: You can access numerous articles from magazines and newspapers using the VRC  
  • eLibrary 
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context 
  • Gale Newstand
  • SIRS Discoverer (Click on the date link to bring more recent articles to the top of your search)

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