Community Studies Project

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  General Information
Lead Teacher(s): Ms. Mary McCarthy
(Learning Resources/Language Teacher)

Mr. Scot Strang
(Technology Teacher)
School: Pearce High School
Grade Level: Level II (Grade 11)
Number of Students: 25
Project Start and Finish Dates: September 1998 - June 1999
Project's URL:
   Project Overview

The main emphasis of Language 2101 is on the process of writing a research paper within the context of the writing model process (choosing a topic, defining a topic, finding a recording source, condensing material, organizing and sorting material, writing the paper, footnotes and bibliography). The students will locate information about their local community and present it in a coherent report. The students will consult a number of sources including the Internet, personal interviews, newspapers, encyclopedias and periodicals. The final product will be presented in the form of a HTML document and linked to the school web page at

   Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Area:

The Community Studies Project fulfills one of the three research paper requirements for Language 2101

Learning Outcomes:

    The student(s) will:
  • research a topic of local historical interest
  • become familiar with the history of their local community through various sources such as:
    1. newspaper articles
    2. personal interviews
    3. periodicals
    4. the Internet
    5. textbooks
  • narrow the general subject to a topic
  • compile a bibliography of sources
  • take usable notes, from sources
  • evaluate sources bring used
  • make a tentative outline and sort, select, and organize material
  • digest the material, and work subsequent ideas into the paper
  • write a rough draft
  • revise writing to eliminate errors in mechanics, spelling, punctuation, usage appropriateness, syntax, and to improve clarity and style
  • use the Internet (World Wide Web) in the presentation of the report
   Resource Connections

Intended Learning Outcomes for Technology Education: Students will learn to:

  • use the Internet for research
    1. use the World Wide Web (WWW) to search historical sites
    2. use Telnet to access public and university libraries and databases
    3. use E-mail to communicate with individuals knowledgeable of local history
  • use application software (e.g. word processing programs such as WordPerfect 8.0)
  • use web authoring programs (e.g. HTML Editor)
  • use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to transfer web pages to their local Internet Service Provider (ISP)

The STELLAR Schools Internet connection will enable students to access a wealth of resources and experts that will help them in their fact finding mission.

Other resources used in this project include: WordPerfect 8.0, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Telnet, WS-FTP, HTML Editor, Hotmail and the Pearce Regional High School Homepage.


Evaluation will be a continuous process that will consider both the process and the final product. The Community Studies web page will include a feedback form so students can receive input on their work from all visitors to the site. Each student will be assigned an e-mail account on Hotmail, so all feedback will be sent to their own individual accounts.

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