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Research Projects

Works Cited

You must list the resources you used to get your information.  Your resources can be a website, a video, a news article, or even a book (gasp!).  Keep a list of the resources you used, because you will have to include them in your projects.  For Language Arts, your list of resources is called a "Works Cited" page, and it has a special format called MLA format.  (Note, for history projects you have to use APA format - they are not the same thing!)

Language Arts uses MLA format for citations.  Mrs Juarez in the library can also help you with this - be friendly to her!


Here are some helpful links for your Works Cited page.

1.  Rules for MLA Format

2.  Citation Machine:

3.  Easy Bib Free:


U3 Argument Mobile

Partner Project

You will create a coat-hanger mobile that displays two-sides of an issue.

You and your partner will take opposing sides and present evidence to prove your side of the issue.

Due: Tuesday March 19th, 2019



1) Cloning: threat or opportunity?

2) Today’s News: information or entertainment?

3) Should the NFL require the Washington Redskins to change their name? YES / NO

4) Who is responsible for childhood obesity - adults or children?

5) Professional athletes: overpaid or deserving?

6) Students protesting: duty or danger?

7) UFO’s and extra-terrestrial life: likely or ridiculous?

8) Other - see Mrs. Muscato and get her approval.



U3 People and the Planet Display



You will choose an issue with pros (+) and cons (-) that impacts people and the planet.

The issue MUST HAVE 2 sides.  You will include facts and evidence for both sides and then choose one side for your argument.

You must use 3 different resources/websites to gather your notes.

Good websites to get started are:  


1) Pro Con Site:

Animal Testing                                       Climate Change      or


2) Global Issues Blog:


1.  Should wolves have been reintroduced to Yellowstone?

2.  Should farmers use pesticides?

3.  Should we use hydrofracking for energy?

4.  Should we seed clouds to create more rain?

5.  Should we use strip mining for fossil fuels?

6.  Should we experiment on animals?

7.  Should we be using bottled water?

8.  Is organic food worth it?

9.  Should fishing for food be restricted?

10.  Should wild horses be culled?





U2 Facing Adversity Research Project

You will research a topic that shows how people overcame adversity, and present your work on a display board.


Links for ALL topics

Quotes about Adversity:

Different types of adversity:

What causes adversity?




A. California Wild Fires




B.  The Great Depression





C.  The Dust Bowl




D.  The Underground Railroad

What was the Underground Railroad?:

Resistance to Slavery:

What was it like?

Another video:



E.  Soccer Champs

Panyee Story:

Panyee Football Club:

Football in South East Asia:



F. Losing A Limb





G. Hurricane Katrina






U1 Generations Research Projects

You will create an information trifold brochure (like Mrs. Muscato's syllabus) on one of the following topics:


A)      The Generation Gap

Explain what a "Generation Gap" is.  Choose one important generation (the 60's, or the millennials for example) and provide information about what makes that generation unique.  Include background information about the generation, (including dress, symbols, lingo, music and values) and explain what they mean to a different generation.  Use pictures and definitions to help you interpret and explain the culture and traditions of your chosen generation.

Useful Links

Video - "The Generation Gap"

Video - "Generation Gap Explained"

Video - "The Millennials Rap" 

Video - "Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing"



B)     Generational Poverty

Explain what "Generational Poverty" is.  How is it different from "Situational Poverty"?  Provide information about the causes of generational poverty, who is impacted by it, and what life is like for those living in generational poverty.  Use pictures and definitions to help you explain generational poverty, and include suggestions for how the cycle of poverty may be stopped.

Useful Links

Video - "Generational Poverty"

Video - "The Vicious Cycle of Poverty"

Video - "Stop Generational Poverty"

Video - "Native American Poverty"

Operation Jump Start



C)      Beyond a Generation

Some people in history are so significant that they have an influence beyond their own generation.  Several examples are: Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Cesar Chavez, Madonna, Harriet Tubman, Muhammad Ali, and Walt Disney.  Choose one icon that have influenced our lives beyond their own generation, and explain why they have had such a lasting impact.  Include background information about the time they lived, their character traits and their accomplishments.  Explain how they have influenced our generation, and include what we can learn from them and their life.  Choose someone listed above, or from the video, or pick someone else (get Mrs. Muscato's ok first!).

Useful Links

Video - "12 People Who Changed the World"



D)      Generations of Civil Rights

America has experienced times when people are protesting events in society.  People question if professional athletes should comment or participate in protests, when their profession is to play sport.  In 2016, Colin Kaepernick caused controversy by refusing to stand for the National Anthem.  He is not the first athlete to use the sports arena to draw attention to an issue of social justice.  At the 1968 olympics, Tommie Smith and John Carlos used a Black Power Salute to make a political protest during the era of Civil Rights protests in America.  

Explain what the Black Power Salute was, and why these men used the olympics as a place to share their views, and explain why it was controversial.  Include details about what happened to Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968 as a result, and describe how these two athletes are viewed today.  Compare their action with Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand, and explain why people may agree and disagree with Kaepernick's action.  What can Kaepernick learn from Tommie Smith and John Carlos?  Lastly, what role do you think athletes have to play in being role models for their generation? 

Useful Links

Video - "Black Power Salute"

Video - "1968 Summer Olympics"

Video - "Brandon Marshall's Response"

Video - "President Obama Comments" 

Video - "The Kaepernick Debate"

Reading - "John Carlos Stands With Kaepernick" John Carlos Stands With Colin Kaepernick's Protest.pdf

Reading - "Colin Kaepernick Praised" Colin Kaepernick praised by 'black power' Olympians Smith, Carlos - NY Daily News.pdf