October 16th – Finalized our Topics and Big Question (posted in Teams)
October 19th– First Week of Research . You should now have 4 additional questions that you are using to help answer the Big Question. Question 1 and 2 you are finding research on this week. Use MS Word to organize your notes and don’t forget to have citefast ready!
October 23: BLOG POST ON RESEARCH WEEK #1
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 to Teams for this week. I have added a few pictures in my Blog as well from my findings.