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Heroes in Society An Expository Essay
Characteristics common to heroes… All heroes have similar characteristics. These characteristics are what set them apart from everyone else. Part of what you will be researching for your research report will be these characteristics.
Historical figures as heroes… Many of our most famous historical figures are also considered heroes in some ways. Though historical figures may not embody all of the characteristics of a hero, they may especially personify one of the specific qualities of the hero. You will be researching at least two historical figures who you believe embody two different characteristics of the hero.
Contemporary People as Heroes… Many contemporary people can be considered heroes as well. You MAY research ONE contemporary person and how he or she embodies one characteristic of the hero. This person must be approved by me before you write about him or her. This must be an actual person and cannot be a group.
Researching your topic… Decide upon 3 characteristics of the hero. Determine 3 people (two of which MUST be historical) you will research. You will research information on each of your three people as it relates to your three chosen characteristics. You must find information on the people that SHOWS how they do indeed embody the chosen characteristic of the hero.
Locating Sources… Must have six sources Must have ONE of each of the following source types: Book Print encyclopedia article Alabama Virtual Library article Reliable internet article Use www. citationmachine. net to complete your source cards
Source Card Example 3 AVL Source Smith, Robert. "Western Painting. " Encyclopedia Brittannica. Chicago, IL: Encyclopedia Brittanica Online, 2004.
Common Knowledge vs. Plagiarism Common Knowledge…information that most educated people know Can be easily located in many different sources Plagiarism…information that is NEW information Must be cited in order to show that it is not YOUR information Must have at least 3 instances of NEW INFORMATION in your paper that is cited Use internal citations for these
Internal Citations…New Info Common Knowledge…Andrew Jackson’s---March 15, 1767 Does not need to be cited New info that is found in one or two sources…should be cited Must have THREE of these such INTERNAL CITATIONS in your paper “By 1828, Jackson was ready to win the White House, but first he had to suffer through a bruising campaign that to this day is still recognized as one of the meanest in American history. ” ("Hermitage") Taken directly from Citationmachine. net
Taking notes on your research… Paraphrasing Sentence by sentence…putting it into your OWN words Use when the wording is not memorable
Taking notes on your research… Summarizing… Key words Main points…in your own words No long details, examples, or explanations
Taking notes on your research Direct Quotations Crucial phrases, sentences, passages Copy word-for-word Place inside quotation marks Use when wording is especially memorable
Creating Note Cards… Minimum of FIFTEEN note cards Note cards must show the following: WHO (person) WHAT (specify) NOTE CARD / SOURCE NUMBER PAGE NUMBER NOTES
Creating a Note Card… Source Card Number & Note Card Number for The Source 1 -1 Abraham Lincoln (brave) He stood up to those who wanted to continue slavery, and he was willing to take the heat from that. Page 25
General Rules with Note Cards… Must have at least 15 note cards Note cards must come from at least 3 sources For each new idea or topic, use a new note card. Remember to number note cards correctly…source number then note card number.
Research… Don’t procrastinate Turn all parts in on time! If you have a question, ask me or the librarian!