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American Spirit Assignment Resources


Websites


CBS News Special - The American Spirit


Bill of Rights Institute



American Heroes who Inspire the world




Databases and Database Articles

Biography in Context





I-Search Combining a Contemporary Topic and a Central Question ( Rossetti)

Databases:

A good place to conduct your research on contemporary issues is the database Student Resources in Context. Remember that you can download your articles to your account and save the pre-formated Works Cited information to your Works Cited page.
Below are some basic resources to help you begin to address the central questions:
List of Central Questions
Q1: What is Truth?
http://www.whatistruth.org.uk/quotesontruth.php
Discusses the relativity of truth.
Does truth depend on your perspective?
http://www.allaboutphilosophy.org/what-is-truth-video.htm
A variety of people attempt to define truth.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRuOK80Gv8Y
Dictionary.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYkVlFQcuIw&feature=related
Dictionary.com/Thesaurus
http://thesaurus.com/browse/truth

Q2: What is Freedom?
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/freedom
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freedom
http://www.brainyquote.com/words/fr/freedom166932.html
http://topics.law.cornell.edu/constitution/billofrights
The Birth of Freedom Shorts - 1 - What is Freedom?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2c2L37QIuc

Q3: What is the American Dream?
http://www.ego4u.com/en/read-on/countries/usa/american-dream

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/american-dream/students/thedream.html

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2009/04/american-dream200904



The Great Gatsby Themes
Sixty second video on a major theme, the American Dream, in The Great Gatsby.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FKlpdszPXo