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About the Work
Since the beginning of the year, our first period class heard, from our teacher David Rapaport, that we would be assigned a unique research project, however none of us had any idea what it would be and how much work it would entail. Previous classes had interviewed interesting people, such as Dina Babbitt, and written books, but when Mr. Rapaport walked in with a sheet of messy signatures we knew it was our turn. Students were given a week to choose from 55 nearly illegible signatures of World War Two leaders. Students were then told that we would be creating a webpage all on our own, each student was to have their own personal link or shared with their partners. Our class then came up with the site name by voting from a selection of five, Signatures of Wars was chosen to be most appropriate. Next we were on our own to search the internet or other sources for interesting information and then input it on to our personal links. Students seemed to have the most difficulty scrounging for information that had not yet been uncovered for many years, but the relief and excitement of finding a valuable website to help guide them with their research projects seemed to be worth all the searching. 

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"I researched John Matthew Devine. I learned a lot from this project, including how to compose information from different sources into one document and about World War Two." Max Schmarzo (Left) 
 
"We worked on Devan Kincaid. After doing this research assignment we all realized that we as a country do not recognize veterans as much as they deserve, for their fighting." Adiel Velasquez, Nate Velasquez and Marion Garriott (Right)  


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"I worked on Brigadier General Egmont Francis Koenig. Although finding information about my general was quite hard after putting in ten hours I was able to over come it by looking in many different parts of JSTOR and other websites on the internet"said Alena Speckman (Left).
 
"Together we worked on Lesley Groves and the post war effects. In order to do our research we used some journals written by soldiers at the time and JSTOR. Using these sources was really beneficial because we were able to get a different outlook on things and saw the soldiers perspective from things. The other part of the project was working together and putting in as much effort as we did." Jodi So, Jenn Park and Sovi Gegayman (Right)  


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"We worked on General John Cannon. It was fun to know my work would be creating a valuable sources for another researcher somewhere else around the world. We know all our effort will be put to use." Mark Raftery and Alex Flatley (Left)
 
" I researched the dropping of the atomic bombs because Leslie Groves was involved. It was very difficult to find useful information from the Japanese government because they either keep or destroy all their World War Two documents. I persisted and eventually found a few primary documents. I enjoyed changing my mind. Not as to the decision to drop the bomb, but the adjustment in my justification that will help me persuade others to my view point." Austin Wang(Right)


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