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Honors English 11: Honors Research Expedition

THEME: Exploring topics/questions/connections related to The Grapes of Wrath.

This particular research expedition will result in a traditional thesis-based research paper (Competency # 3).

To prepare for this research expedition, you…

  • read and responded to selected "texts" related to The Grapes of Wrath
    • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
    • “Union Maid” by Woody Guthrie
    • “Route 66”- lyrics by Bobby Troup
    • “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by William Steffe
    • “This Land Is Your Land”  by Woody Guthrie
    • "Bread and Roses" by James Oppenheim
    • "California, Here I Come" by Meyer & De Sylva.
    • Dorothea Lange’s iconic photo, “Migrant Mother”
    • Weedpatch Camp – Arvin Federal Government Camp
  • reviewed the overall structure of the thesis-based research paper
  • reviewed the research process


What are you researching?

You are looking for valid, reliable and accurate sources which offer answers to questions and connections to ideas identified by you and your classmates in your annotated responses to the works listed above. 

Don't forget to "Go with the flow!" As you read through different research sources, you will discover new questions or connections. Follow these ideas and sources wherever they lead.


How will you know if what you find is a good resource?

First, the source must be valid, reliable and accurate. (Although a quick wiki search could lead you to a good source, it will not be acceptable as a resource.)

You should always validate a resource by comparing information from one source with other sources available in a variety of formats.

Don't forget to look beyond print texts (digital or hard copy). Research sources such as podcasts and videos can be great resources. 

Resources for Research:

LHS's Library Media Center: Databases 

Research Tools (including help with Noodletools)

What should I do once I find what I want?

For the first source, do this:

  • Log-in to
  • Create a New Project
  • Select MLA citation style
  • Select Advanced citation level
  • Name this project: "Your Name-Spring Research Expedition"
  • Add your "Research Question" and leave the "Thesis Statement" blank for now. You'll discover your thesis as we go along.
  • Share with Mrs. Juster's Drop Box. (Look for:  Spring Research Expedition- 2017)
  • Share with your table-group. 

For each source, do this:

  • Click on "Works Cited" and create a citation for your source.
  • Read your source and complete one Noodle-Tools  "Note Card" as you do so. Complete the following parts of the "Note Card": 
    • TITLE (Main Idea) - Giving this note card a name will help you organize this information
    • PARAPHRASE OR SUMMARY - Briefly summarize what this source is about. (You can bullet this if you'd like.)  
    • DIRECT QUOTATION- Copy/paste interesting passages directly from your source  into your "Note Card". 
    • MY IDEAS - Bullet questions, connections and/or comments that occurred to you as you read this source.

Remember, you'll need at three to five sources to complete this research expedition.