GRADE 10 RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT 2020 SANS SOUCI GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL Living through history: documenting 2020's Coronavirus pandemic Dear Grade 10 historians We have created a research assignment as current circumstances make some things like visits to libraries, face to face interviews and so on difficult. In this assignment you are going to document the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The topic – CORONAVIRUS STORIES. Key question? What should we be observing, recording, noting and collecting in the coming weeks which will be of help to future historians? GRADE 10 RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT 2020 SANS SOUCI GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL Format- Research Report STEP 1- INTRODUCTION AN OUTLINE OF THE TOPIC – CORONAVIRUS STORIES- 4 – 5 lines Your understanding of what the Covid-19 pandemic is and what you will do in the research assignment CONTENT STEP 2- STEP 3- CONSPIRACY THEORIES (ROLE OF MEDIA) Look at how media covers the story, and how different angles become more important as it progresses We also want you to look at conspiracy theories - what are they and what are the most prominent on social and other media? Look at how the media, especially social media, is reflecting the pandemic. Which bits of media did you notice, like and find useful. You can include and collect newspaper headlines (pictures/screenshots) and follow how they change over time STEP 4 –Interviews What impact does the Coronavirus have on ordinary South Africans? For this assignment you required to conduct an oral history investigation by interviewing people who are affected in some way by the lockdown, what they know and are doing about the virus. You need to record their stories. Conduct the interviews and record their repsonses (This can be done on various platforms/ Whatsapp, video calls or indviduals within your home) Devise a questionnaire that asks the people locked down with you how they are being affected by the virus, It is necessary to set up and do research before the interviews to help you to ask relevant questions. STEP 5- PUBLIC REACTION – 1 PAGE People watching at such times of crisis really serves useful purposes, as you see their attitudes to the disease, containment measures, self-isolation and fear of their loved ones being affected. What do they buy? Who makes money out of the crisis? What does joining crowds of shoppers tell about their understanding of the disease? Why do various groups think they will not catch it? Comb social media websites for public responses to news coverage of the pandemic. GRADE 10 RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT 2020 SANS SOUCI GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL Look for positives too, as societies in crisis can show great kindness. During the influenza pandemic, neighbours risked their own lives to nurse neighbours, and communities rallied to set up food kitchens to bring meals to the very ill. This is happening around us already today so document it. STEP 6- REFLECTION Much remains uncertain, but analysts say the pandemic and the measures we are taking to save ourselves could permanently change the ways in which we live, work, worship and play in the future. Envisioning that post-pandemic world is key in ensuring we change for the better, not the worse. Write a paragraph ( 10-15 lines) of our lives after the coronavirus pandemic. So what does the future look like? How did doing this assignment affect you? – about 8-10 lines STEP 7 - CONCLUSION & FINDINGS CONCLUDING REMARKS AND SUGGESTIONS – about 8-10 lines STEP 8- BIBLIOGRAPHY – please record the sites as well as the date visited if it is internet research. When conducting research, you should not rely on only one source. Use different sources to check your information.