To those about to scavenge, I salute you

Yesterday I taught you everything you need to know to be smart. Today, you get to prove that you’re smart. And if you are smart, you shall win prizes! Just think of it…prizes!

To those of you not in my class, and those random lurkers who only showed up at this site after innocently typing “purple gorilla suits” into Google to see where it would take them, perhaps a brief explanation is in order:

All you need to know to be smart in the world today is how to get information–not just any information, but the information that is reliable, specific to your needs, and comprehensive. These are skills that make business investors rich, that help artists develop their own unique voice, and assist students in an English class in their quest for prizes. Prizes!

Anyway, the lecture was yesterday. Today you’re each armed with a page of notes that contains all the information you’ll need for today’s work. Take out that piece of paper, and we’re off!

The rules are as follows:

  • Find a source that answers each question below. Mostly, you’re looking for articles and webpages. Please print the first page only of each article/webpage–let’s not destroy the world’s rainforests in our mad dash for prizes! Number each article to correspond with a question in the scavenger hunt list.
  • Every student who presents me with a complete portfolio of items by the end of the day will receive a prize tomorrow. There will also be special jury awards for
    • Weirdest Article
    • Most Authoritative Article
    • Most Variety of Sources (newspapers, magazines, gov’t docs, books, etc.)
    • Worst Website That Still Manages to Say Something AboutThe Topic You’re Researching.

Here’s the list:

Use the SIRS database to locate documents that answer the following questions:

1. Who was L. Frank Baum and what did he do?

2. What happened to King Henry VIII’s second wife?

3. What do Cervantes and Shakespeare have in common?

Use EBSCO to locate documents that answer the following questions:

4. Who is the most important Romanian filmmaker working today?

5. Find a review of his or her most recent film.

6. Where can someone go to see a gorilla in the wild?

7. What is the best novel ever written in the English language?

Use Google to locate reliable, non-Wikipedia websites that answer the following questions:

8. What does the whale symbolize in Moby Dick?

9. Who is the most famous Chinese poet of all time?

10. What is the Chinese poet’s most famous poem?

11. What does the Latin phrase sic transit gloria mean, and who said it originally?

That’s it. Scavenge!

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