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Grade 8 Research Project

What can we do to combat prejudice and reduce discrimination in our world?

Why do prejudice and discrimination exist? How do prejudice and discrimination impact people?


Assignment: Investigate a case of discrimination, describe the causes, effects, response/solutions.  You may choose from one of the following: 

  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Refugee
  • Indigenous People

Please note the Social Studies Research Rubric.

English - NF Reading Guide

Day One

1) How will you collect and organize your information?

  NoodleTools (NT)


  • Create a Project: Your Name - Topic
  • Citation Level: MLA - Junior
  • Share with your Teacher 

2) Background Information - Britannica

  • NoodleTools:
    • Create a citation (copy & paste)
    • Create a notecard - Title = Background
    • Find 3 or 4 sentences in Britannica and copy and & into Direct Quote

Day Two

1) Review/Complete Outline & Definition of Discrimination Note Card

2) Paraphrasing - Identify Keywords/Phrases to summarize the information.

Once you have identified a source, in-depth reading for understanding is required.

3) Mind Map - Begin creating a map with Causes, Effects & Responses

  • See Example
  • Search causes, effects & solutions
  • Once you have identified a source, in-depth reading for understanding is required.

4) Create source cards and note cards in Noodle Tools as you go. 

Day Three & Four

1) You can use a variety of Sources - Text Sets, Website, Databases

Once you have identified a source, in-depth reading for understanding is required.

2) Resource - Newsbank (current newspaper articles)

3) Resource - Infobase Issues & Controversies

  • Open up database find an article
  • NT: Create citation & Notecard
  • Review Notecard
  • NT: Review Outline

4) Resource - EBSCO (scholarly journal articles)



Gather your information

  • Cite the source at the beginning so you don't forget later and can trace the information back to the origin.
  • Identify causes, effects, and responses in the source to support your topic.
  • Remember everything you use needs to be traced back to the original source.


Mind Map Example - Apartheid

Evaluate Websites


The CRAAP test is a way to evaluate a source based on the following criteria:

1) Currency

  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • It is current enough for your topic?

2) Reliability

  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is the content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is it balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

3) Authority

  • Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials?
  • Who is the publisher or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher's interest (in any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website?

4) Purpose/ Point of View

  • Is this a fact or an opinion?
  • Is it biased?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?

Primary Sources


What kind of information do you need?

ISB Databases

Background information 

  Enc. Britannica


  • Type in your main topic 
  • Go to level 3 for more in-depth information

In-depth Information

  Infobase - Issues & Controversies


  • Look in List of All Topics
    • Disability Rights
    • Gender / Women's Rights
    • LGBT / Gay Rights
    • Race & medicine, sport, entertainment, relations / Affirmative Action
    • Religion & politics, public schools, fundamentalism
    • Refugee
    • Indigenous / Native America (search aboriginal)
  • Note there are also Primary Sources​​
  • Link to Video



  • Full Text is checked
  • Change date range for the most recent articles
  • Determine the type of resources you want 
  • Change the Lexile (reading) level if necessary

Current Information








NoodleTools Instructional Videos

NoodleTools Examples

Causes - Effects - Solutions/Response

Beliefs & Ideologies - ideas groups of people adopt and have made part of their identity
  • religious ideas
  • racism (e.g. white supremacy)
  • stereotypes/attitudes/perceptions
  • etc
  • socio-economic fears
  • fear of losing access to wealth
  • fear of losing power/status
  • fear of harm
  • fear of others (relates back to our identity unit
  •  etc.
(organized by the UN Human Rights)
LOSS of rights such as...
  • freedom from harm (physical & psychological harm)
  • the right to travel/move about a place, into/out of a country
  • the right to take part in government
  • the right to citizenship
  • the right to own property
  • the right to express ideas
  • the right to equal work
  • the right to proper education
  • the right to love/marry whom you wish
  • the right to equal treatment in the law
  • get help!
  • form an organization (leadership)
  • education
  • protests (demonstrations, strikes, boycotts)
  • civil disobedience
  • the legal system

Gender Discrimination

Indigenous People Discrimination

LGBTQ Discrimination

Racial Discrimination

Refugee Rights

Religious Discrimination