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A Tale of Two Disasters

A Tale of Two Disasters


Explain in a written research paper, examples of good construction techniques verses non effective construction techniques by comparing and contrasting methods in Chile to that in Haiti.

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Compare the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti with the one off the coast of Chile. How did magnitude, location, and building materials affect the relative amounts of human and structural damage caused by those earthquakes? What happened structurally in each country?

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Common Core Objectives

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Text Types and Purposes

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1b Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3e Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.




What You Should Know Before You Get Started

What is Research?


What does a Research Paper in MLA style look like?


Research is not a summary of data! You are to make a decision (your thesis) and prove it with three facts that you explain.


What Every Student Needs to Know About Plaigerism Module

There are four parts to this Module.  Go through all four and answer the self quiz questions along the way.


Follow the given guidelines:

You do not need to acknowledge

  • information that is common knowledge
  • your own ideas, discoveries and reasoning

You may acknowledge

  • information available from a wide variety of sources that is especially well addressed in a particular source

You must acknowledge

  • direct quotations
  • paraphrases and summaries
  • arguable assertions
  • statistics, charts, tables, and graphs
  • images, photos and graphics


Plaigerism Contract


Course Objective:

The Nature of Technology/Issues in Technology


Scientific laws, engineering principles, properties of materials, and construction techniques must be taken into account in designing engineering solutions to problems. 3C/M8** (BSL)

Directions for Beginning Your Assignment


Guidelines for your Paper

Outline of Your paper
Plaigerism Guidelines
Useful websites to help you make your works cited page.


Peter Haas Speech

"Haiti was not a natural disaster," says TED Fellow Peter Haas: "It was a disaster of engineering." As the country rebuilds after January's deadly quake, are bad old building practices creating another ticking time bomb? Haas's group, AIDG, is helping Haiti's builders learn modern building and engineering practices, to assemble a strong country brick by brick.

Inveterate tinkerer Peter Haas is the co-founder of AIDG, the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, which connect people to electricity, sanitation and clean water through a combination of business incubation, education, and outreach.

Notetaking Format

Notice how important it is for you to write down the website address. maybe you remember where your research comes from today and then not tomorrow. you need these to make your works cited page. I strongly suggest you use to make your citation which have to be alphabetcally listed on your last page.


How You Will Be Graded

Your Rubric



You must submit your final paper via an email to your instructor.

You must submit a packet with rubric on top that includes:

  • Your Final Paper with Works Cited
  • Your Rough Draft with editing marks
  • Your Notes