Sunday, December 17, 2017

Phase 2, week 5

Hi all

You're looking for the same information as in weeks past, and the rules about length, citation and analysis are the same.

This week, please use 2 or 3 sources... at least two so you have a chance to try out sources for phase three, and no more than 3 so you have to decide what's most important this week!

Good luck!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Phase 2, week 4

Hi all

You're continuing your weekly updates, with all the rules we've established so far (citation, word count, etc.)
It is worth thinking about two things at this point in the project: a) having at least TWO reliable sources (you'll need them for Phase 3), so if you find yourself going back to the same source every week, start to branch out; and b) how to represent events on a croquis: what kind of "figur├ęs" would work for what's going on?

Good luck!

Mr. H

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Phase 2, week 3

Hi all

You're still working on weekly updates. Remember: name and conflict at the top, no more than 250 words, cite in-text, to hyperlink your sources

New thing: After giving the update you find this week, and if you're not already doing this, please make sure to give a note about how significant it is in terms of the conflict.
It does not have to be revolutionary, or even a big change. If things happen all the time, that becomes the new "normal," which is an important characteristic of the conflict. It is also useful to remember the objectives of each side to determine if things tip the scales one way or the other. Finally, remember that public declarations, even if they have no direct impact on the ground, can signal a change in diplomatic support during negotiations, or can impy a change in economic or other forms of aid.

Good luck!

Mr. H

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Phase 2, week 2

Hi all

You're continuing to look for current events on your conflict (from the past week).
 Remember a few things: a) you might have to look specifically for people or places, rather than just the country or name of the conflict. b) branch out in your research: Wikipedia won't help you with this phase! Look at local media sources as well as research institutes. c) developments are not necessarily in the form of artillery fire or civilian deaths: they can be diplomatic meetings, speeches, assistance programs, etc.

As usual, keep your posts under 250 words, and starting this week, you must cite in-text as well (this can be done by simply putting a shortened name of the source in parentheses: "NYTimes," "CFR" etc, or by numbering the sources and giving the number)

Good luck!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Phase 2!

Hi all

Welcome back to the project!

Phase two is about how conflicts play out from day to day, so you'll be writing updates on what's been going on each week. Battles or skirmishes would of course be relevant, but could also include diplomatic meetings or major announcements.

In your research, use varied keywords: not just the country, but also names of leaders, regions, allies etc. There is a filter in the Google search bar that allows you to specify dates, so that you can filter out things that were published before last week.

Your sources will likely be more newspapers and research institutes than general information pages like CFR or Wikipedia. Don't be afraid to try new and different types of sources, but use your judgment about what seems reliable. Make sure you keep track of them, because you'll need to pick and stick with two reliable sources in phase three.

Finally, since the final product of this phase is a "croquis," you should have a good map to keep track of what's happening where.

As usual, keep these entries between 200 and 250 words, and hyperlink your sources.

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Phase 1, week 5

Hi all

Penultimate entry! At this point, you should be filling gaps in the information you have.
Also, don't forget that you can calculate relative strength, in some cases,  by plotting on a map the towns and regions occupied by each group; this will allow you to make general comparisons.


Good luck!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Phase 1, week 4

Hi all

After this, you have two more blog posts before the essay. You should strategize about how to collect all the information: if you haven't already, make a checklist of the content for that essay, then check your previous posts to see what's missing (origins and milestones of the conflict, and leadership, strength and objectives of the actors involved).

If you don't find particular things, make a note of it and we'll talk about it in class.

Good luck!