Inventors and Their Inventions






Students will be able to research and present historical information about an inventor and his/her invention


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  1. Students will be working in groups to complete this project.
  2. Consult at least five (5) different sources (at least one book, at least one internet source).
  3. Create a bibliography of your citations.
  4. Select the most important information from your notes and develop your presentation.
  5. Your group will give an 8-10 minute presentation to the class.
  6. Prepare a handout for the class.
  7. Develop four (4) quiz questions about the material in your presentation.
  8. Meet with your group to practice your presentation.


  • When researching at home using the MCPS Online Services, you will need to access usernames/passwords from your Edline account (in the Media Center folder).  MCPS Online Services are marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Most of the articles from MCPS Online Services have MLA citations already created at the bottom of the webpage.  Feel free to copy/paste the citations into a text file (ex. Word) as you compile your bibliography.


Documents:    Project Instructions / Citation Template /


Online Resources



Gale Virtual Reference Library - search using the top box
 OS Brit Academic Ed   Britannica Online* - general reference with in-depth articles, images and graphics on a variety of subjects.general reference
 OS SIRS Decades   SIRS Decades* - US History by decade.  Features primary and secondary source articles that highlight key events, movements, people, and places in 20th-century America.
 OS SIRS Know Source   SIRS Knowledge Source* - Searches reference materials, magazines, newpapers and other resesarch materials.
 OS USH in Context   US History in Context* - A collection of primary and secondary resources to support the study of United States. Provides a complete overview of U.S. history covering the most-
studied events, issues and current information.
 OS WorldBook   WorldBook Online* - general reference with in-depth articles, images and graphics on a variety of subjects.
 OS Hist Ref Ctr   History Reference Center* - This database includes reference books and encyclopedias, historical documents, biographies, images and historical maps.
OS Hist Newspapers   Historical Newspapers* - Primary source historical newspapers from the New York Times from 1851 through 2005.
Infoplease   Infoplease - search through almanacs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and a variety of other resources.
 Pirate Monkey 

Miscellaneous Websites:

Inventor of the Week




Print Resources

REF 031 World Book Encyclopedia, Britannica
320s Civil and Political Rights
813 To Kill a Mockingbird
973s Decades
REF 973s Decades
  Created by: Stephanie Schwinn, October 29, 2011