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)


University of Maryland

NOVA: Secrets of Lost Empires: China Bridge

University of Washington: A Visual Sourcebook for Chinese Civilization

University of Houston: Engines of our Ingenuity: Su-Song’s Clock

TED-Ed: The deadly irony of gunpowder – Eric Rosado

USC: Top 20 Ancient Chinese Inventions

San Jose State U: The Advanced Technology of Ancient China

The Middle Ages

BBC: The Middle Ages (12th to 15th century)

British Museum: Medieval Food

BBC History: Middle Ages

Middle The Crusades




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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