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Topics & Questions

Periods 1, 2, 3, and 6

Racism: How has American society and its criminal justice system reinstated Jim Crow laws?

Gender Roles: To what degree have expectations for women changed over the past 100 years?

Poverty/The Great Depression: To what extent are the attitudes of people in power responsible for stereotyping the poor? (gentrification)

Mental Health:  How have awareness and mental health resources improved the lifestyle of mental ill American over the past 100 years?

Social Class:  Why can one community have different social classes? (for example: by skin color, language, or education)



    Period 5

    War and its impact on society and the individual (war mentality):


    *Gender Roles


    *Development of War Technology

      Primary Sources

      Primary sources are original documents and objects (interviews, diaries, photographs, letters, speeches, recordings, and more).

      Facts on File Subscription Database

      Make sure to ONLY use PRIMARY SOURCES from the database.


      Gale Subscription Databases

      Make sure to ONLY use PRIMARY SOURCES from the databases.




      ProQuest Subscription Database

      Free Online Resources

      Take a moment to read the 'About Us' information.

      • Who is providing the information?
      • Where did the author find his/her facts, data, information?
      • What is the purpose of the site?
      • When was the site last updated?
      • What is the possible bias?

      Britannica ImageQuest (Photographs)

      DE Streaming (Videos)

      Search Strategies

      • Locate and search appropriate resources
      • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
      • Think of synonyms
      • Use Boolean searching
      • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases

      Add the following keywords to your search:

      • interview
      • speech
      • photograph
      • diary
      • letter


        Record Bibliographic Information

        Don't forget to record the following for each source you use:

        • Author/creator
        • Title of article, chapter, film, webpage
        • Page number
        • Name of magazine, newspaper, journal, book, website
        • Publication date
        • Name of subscription database (if used)
        • Format (web, print)
        • Date of access (if found online)

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