Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mrs. Weiner ~ Genetics in the News

 This assignment is designed to help you make relevant connections between your current study of biology and how genetics can profoundly influence the quality of our lives and the environment in which we live.  This investigation into current events involving genetics will require connections to content details we have been studying over the last several weeks.  See class handout for additional guidelines.

It is recommended that you utilize our collection of academic databases to access news articles and scholarly journals. You will need the username/password given to you earlier this year (sticker handout).  Databases can be filtered by date to limit to the past 6 months. 

Databases in the VRC -
  • eLibrary (Science)
  • Science online (Facts on File) (Science)
  • Academic OneFile (Magazines/Newspapers)
  • ProQuest Education K12 (Magazines/Newspaper)- Click on Publications to search

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

APWH~Change Over Time Essay~Stelfox

Change and Continuity Over Time

Assignment: Write a CCOT essay that addresses the question below

Question: Analyze the changes and continuities in the formation and influence of transnational organizations for cooperation from 1910-Present.  Choose one transnational organization:
United Nations,Warsaw Pact, League of Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, North American Free Trade Agreement

Thesis MUST address change, continuity and analysis of why change or continuity  occurred throughout the time period given and region(s).  Be sure to use the CCOT thesis formula provided for you. See your class handout for additional directions and rubric.

Tip: Give specific evidence (Events, developments, people, conferences, treaties, wars, etc.) to support your thesis. 

Recommended Information Resources:

  • History Study Center 
  • ABC-CLIO World History Modern Era
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Works Citation:

Noodletools can be accessed through the VRC databases.  You can utilize the notecard feature for creating annotated notes. 


Create an account.  Your teacher will provide you with a class ID and class enrollment password.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sophomore English Research Project ~ Mrs. Kunkel

For class, you will be required to write a formal research paper. This paper will be an evidence based argumentative piece – a paper that presents and defends an argument.

Your argument must be debatable, meaning the topic of the paper must be something that people have differing opinions on. Your paper must include a precise central claim that will be supported by relevant and sufficient evidence and valid, clear reasoning.

The goal of the paper is to present a clear, convincing and compelling argument that people will be interested in and possibly want to act upon. Another goal is to convince your audience that your claim is true based on the evidence provided.

This assignment will require you to research, document, interpret, and present information as evidence from reliable and credible sources to support your claim. 

 The FINAL paper must be:

                   5-7 pages
                   written in MLA format
                   12 point font
                   Times New Roman
                   black ink for text
                   submitted to TURNITIN.COM

      The FINAL paper must incorporate evidence from at least five identifiable sources, maintain a formal style of writing and follow the conventions of standard written English.

Our school librarian Dr. Hatcher will instruct and advise you on how to use pertinent information resources and tools for this assignment.  

Some recommended resources: 

VRC Databases: 
  •  SIRS Knowledge Source (See Issues Researcher handout)
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • eLibrary Curriculum Edition 
 Book & eBooks: 

Access your school's collection at Destiny Library Services

Note: An eBook app Follett BryteWave is available at the App Store or at Google Play for mobile devices. 

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