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HIGH SCHOOL WRITING PROMPTS
• January 2015 •

Create a Research Log

Every third Monday of January, America celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King, who delivered the famous "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., is most known as a non-violent civil rights activist from the 1950s and 1960s. Since his assassination on April 4, 1968, a lot of literature has been written about Dr. King, but his belief in racial equality has aroused enmity in some people. Therefore, it is important to know whether what is published about him, whether in print or on the Internet, is fact or is fiction.

Create a Research Log, evaluating the credibility of Martin Luther King, Jr. Web sites.

Use the following keywords to find Web sites with information about Dr. King.

  • Martin Luther King
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • I Have a Dream speech

Search Web sites that not only have a .com extension, but also .org, .gov, and .edu.

Once you locate these Web sites, check their validity by researching them through Easy Who Is. Type in the domain, or web address, of the site you are researching. For example, you may enter "www.thekingcenter.org" and information about the Web site will appear, including the owner and contact information. Then, use a search engine to find out information about the owners and determine whether or not they are an objective or credible source.

Research at least five different Web sites for basic information about Dr. King and keep a log of your information. Your log should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Who is the owner of the Web site and what did you find out about that corporation or individual?
  • How factual is the information and is it misleading in any way?
  • What other Web sites does the owner own and what is the subject matter?
  • Compare the Web sites you have researched to each other. Record if there are any overlapping facts. Does one Web site mention something that the others leave out?
  • What Web sites do you believe are credible sources? Which ones are not? Why do you feel this way?

Once you have completed your log, share it with your classmates. Teach them how to research Web sites effectively to be assured that the information is accurate.