Ted-Talk Style Persuasive Speech Assignment
Useful strategies for searching within Gale Opposing Viewpoints:
Start with a question or a topic.
Ex: Should TikTok be banned nationwide?
Brainstorm a list of keywords and phrases relevant to your topic. Be sure to think up some synonyms!
Use quotation marks for exact phrases:
Use truncation by adding an asterisk (*) to catch all endings of a word:
Now think of additional keywords or synonyms to stack that could be useful:
Q: Do these skills work in Google, or other databases?
Be persistent! Good searches take skill and practice. You'll use these skills all the time in the Upper School and far beyond.
What are Databases?
Many of our databases require a login and password - check the link to the left to get started!
Here are some examples of some solid searches from these two resources:
Gale Opposing Viewpoints
New York Times
When you're searching with Google, used the Advanced Search feature.
Find out what it is, and why you should use this really fast, smart technique when searching for web sources.
Practice Lateral Reading!
Media Bias Chart
Every source you read will have a bias. Some are up front about their bias, and others try to hide it.
Things to know: