How to make a Resource File
To make a resource file the first thing that you should do is to find a topic that you would like to research on and for me I wanted to look for information on the Japanese Americans in the internment camps. It is important to find a topic because if you don't like it most likely your resource file will not come out as your best work. Also if there is not enough information out there on your topic then it will be harder to come up with things to write about.
- The first thing you should do is to look for books on your subject, which is what I did. Then make sure you take notes on information that you think that you could use and then write down the title and author of the book.
- Next try looking for information on the internet, magazines and in newspapers. Remember to take down notes and the address of the website, write down the title of the subject and the writer. Or you could interview someone who experienced something on your subject. For example I interviewed two people who went to the internment camps. An interview is better than a book because you can get someones personal reaction to the subject and not just informaion. You can get how that person felt, what they know, what it was like, etc.
- It is a good idea to get a variety of sources because instead of just saying "All of my sources came from websites" it's better to say that you have books, websites, newspapers, magazines and interviews and sources. Because if all of your information came from books then the information might all be the same, getting information from a variety of sources will give you different information. Also it would back up your information by confirming that "Yes, on Feb. 19, 1942 President Roosevelt did sign the executive order #9066."
- Next you should look at all of your information and find what is most important to share in your resource file. To find what is important in your information you should have a purpose for why you're writing this resource file. Mine was to inform people about what happened to Japanese Americans in the internment camps, and that it wasn't very pleasent in there. So I took information that I thought would make my viewer think, "I don't think that it was right to put these Japanese Americans in these camps!".
- If you find that there are different topics in that subject you could make sections like how I did.
- Then revise it yourself and afterward ask your parents to help you revise it, I asked my parents for help.
- When you think that it is good enough then edit it by yourself and then ask for help.
- When you think that it is fine then you can think of a title and add a bibliography showing where you got the information. You should also write who this resource file was by.
That's how you write a resource file.
Our House Divided by- Knaefler, Tomi Kaizawa
My Interview with Mr. Uno