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Research quest: Influential people in their historical context

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  1. Your task for week 1: Your draft
    Who should you choose?
  2. How to write your draft
  3. Your task for week 2 and 3: Asking the right questions
    Asking questions about history
  4. Research in categories
  5. Your task for week 4: Paraphrasing and restating a message
    How to paraphrase
  6. How to paraphrase - your research
  7. Your task for week 5: Plagiarism and Quoting
    Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
  8. An explanation on plagiarism
  9. How to quote
  10. How to quote - your research
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Who should you choose?

herr-stritt 16. September 2020

The blog entry states, that a highly influential person has often had great resilience in achieving great things, against all the obstacles of their time, of the people around them. These persons are inspiring and provide great stories for others to experience.

In this course, your first task will be to find somebody who has achieved something insanely great, who managed to do something exceptional. You will tell their life story, you will analyze the times in which they grew up in and flourished.

Who will it be? Here are some suggestions. You can find your own person, though!

  • Martin Luther King
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Pope John Paul II.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Desmond Tutu
  • Kofi Annan
  • Dalai Lama
  • Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Malcolm X
  • Mother Teresa (charity)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt (oversaw drafting of UN declaration of Human Rights)
  • Rosa Parks (civil rights movement in US)
  • Princess Diana (charities such as AIDS)
  • Albert Schweitzer (humanitarian)
  • Ellie Wiesel (holocaust survivor)
  • Sophie Scholl (anti-Nazi political activist)
  • Albert Einstein (quantum physics)
  • Nikola Tesla (Serbian/US physicist, inventor)
  • Marie Curie (Polish born French chemist and physicist)
  • Alexander Fleming (inventor of Penicillin)
  • Robert Koch (German physician and microbiologist; identified tuberculosis, cholera, anthrax)
  • Stephen Hawking (simplified physics)
  • Rosalind Franklin (discovered DNA)
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Salvador Dali
  • Jeff Koons
  • David Bowie

Find some more using this link – or that one – or that one – or this one right here…

Did you get inspired and find someone that inspires you? Then let’s move on to writing our draft.

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