Inquiry Research Week #1

Inquiry Research Week #1

This week you have

a)  Picked a Topic from the Middle Ages Inquiry Package

b)  Created a good inquiry question (based on our lesson in class)

c) Have the question approved and move on to creating 4 sub questions to help you answer it

d)  Started research to answer at least 1 or 2 of those questions (remember to use citefast for all sources)

e)  Blog post due on Friday (please scroll down to see example).  In the post you should indicate what your big question is and the sub questions.  What went well? What was difficult?  Next steps?  What did you discover?  Upload Notes.  

Useful Websites

British Museum  (require Flash)

http://www.ancientcivilizations.co.uk/home_set.html

www.ancientchina.co.uk

www.ancientindia.co.uk

www.earlyimperialchina.co.uk

www.mughalindia.co.uk

 

University of Maryland
http://www.chaos.umd.edu/history/time_line.html

NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires: China Bridge
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/china/age.html

University of Washington: A Visual Sourcebook for Chinese Civilization
http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/contents.htm

University of Houston: Engines of our Ingenuity: Su-Song’s Clock
https://www.uh.edu/engines/epi120.htm

TED-Ed: The deadly irony of gunpowder – Eric Rosado
https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-deadly-irony-of-gunpowder-eric-rosado

USC: Top 20 Ancient Chinese Inventions
https://china.usc.edu/sites/default/files/forums/Chinese%20Inventions.pdf

San Jose State U: The Advanced Technology of Ancient China
http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/ancientchina.htm

The Middle Ages
http://www.themiddleages.net/

BBC: The Middle Ages (12th to 15th century)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zfphvcw

British Museum: Medieval Food
http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/texts/cook/medieval/medieval2.html

BBC History: Middle Ages
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/middle_ages/

History.com
https://www.history.com/topics/japan/samurai-and-bushido

Middle Ages.net: The Crusades
http://www.themiddleages.net/life/crusades.html

 

BLOG POST ON RESEARCH WEEK #1 DUE FRIDAY

Example: 

This week we’ve started our research for our inquiry projects! My key question is How did Paper Spread from China all around the world?  So far, I’ve researched for my first two sub questions: “How and why was paper invented?” and “How did the creation of paper affect other inventions?”. This week I’ve learned about how paper was made and it’s materials. It was a a cheaper alternative to silk, and was made during the Han Dynasty. I also found out some things about the invention of printing, books, kites and paper money.

I had trouble with identifying key information so that I didn’t use up too much room on my research paper, however this was a minor struggle.

I was surprised to find out that paper was made with things such as rags and fishnets, but it makes sense because those were some cheap materials that were available. The part about metal coins on strings being exchanged for a written deposit on paper also intrigued me because I thought that the coins were directly replaced by paper money, but they were actually these deposit papers first before becoming a national currency.

Next week, we will continue to  investigate the other questions.  I have uploaded a picture of my research notes/or my word document with research notes.

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