Feb. 3, 2010- In teacher David Rapaport's U.S. history class at Palo Alto high school, students are embarking on a research
project regarding an unreported World War II document containing 57 generals' signatures.
At this time very little is known about the parchment and the signatures. Mr. Rapaport's U.S. History students will
study the document and the signatures, recording its history on a website, http://signaturesofwar.com/.
All 150 students in Rapaport's classes will be participating in the project. Each student will have their own personal page
on the website where they will be able to design and record their own research.
"I wanted to
do something that 150 people could do and there would be enough choices for people to differentiate themselves," Rapaport
said. "We are going to have 150 webmasters and it's going to be very detailed."
be utilized as research days as much as possible in Rapaport's class, but he added that a lot of work time will take place
outside the classroom as well. The project is estimated to take around five months to complete.
nice because students rarely get a chance to work on a project for that long," Rapaport said. "It allows students
to really embrace the project and throw themselves into it."