You are being asked to do research, but it will be easier than you think. You may work in pairs.


A great many things are mentioned in or connected to the book At Her Majesty’s Request: An African Princess in Victorian England. You may have little or no experience with many of the topics mentioned.

Before you begin researching:

  • What do you need to do?
    • Be reading the book (unless you’re done with it).
    • Pick a topic from below.
    • Pick a partner, and trade contact information with the person you are working with (phone numbers, emails, addresses, number of siblings).
  • What information do I need to find out about?
    • The list of topics to choose from has been generated for you based on information presented in or related to the book. The list is below with some links to get you started. If you would like to research something that is not on the list, the topic you request must be related in some way to the book.
      You may request a special topic by emailing me at
  • Where will I look for information?
    • I have provided a list of links for you to use in order to begin gathering information. The sources I have provided will not be enough though, and you will need to find other sources to use in your report to the class.
  • Which sources will be most helpful?
    • The sources I have picked will be very helpful, but as I said above, you will need to find other sources.

While you are researching:

  • Where will I find these sources?
    • The sources I have provided are at the bottom of this post, and will be accessible via the internet.
  • How will I find and record what I need from the sources?
    • You can find some of the information needed for this assignment by clicking the links below, and then reading, looking at, interacting with what you find.
    • You should take detailed notes on anything you can use in your report/product.
    • You must generate a vocabulary list (10-20 terms) of important terms for your topic. These need not be difficult terms, just words necessary for the audience to have a grasp of in order to understand what you are presenting.
    • You should write down or print the web address (URL – http://etc. etc. ) for any sources you plan to include in your product.
    • Anything you take notes on/from must be cited on your Bibliography/Works cited page.
    • You will have to cite your sources appropriately. This means keeping a Bibliography of where you looked for information with details about the sources. Click here for some help with preparing a bibliography page.
  • How will I know if I have enough useful information?
    • Try to predict what questions the audience would come up with. Start with the topic itself (What does the audience know about the topic?) Allow your research to get more and more detailed from there.
  • If I do not have enough information, where can I get more information?
    • You will want to be sure you get a lot of useful facts about your topic. You can find additional information at the following locations/sources: libraries, media center, other internet resources, books, TV (last option), magazines, newspapers.
  • If I have too much information, what should I do?
    • Narrow your topic.
      • You want the audience to completely experience your product, presentation, comic, diorama poster, posterboard, pamphlet, etc. in five minutes.
      • For instance, say you make a
        • COMIC BOOK – it should take five minutes to read it;
        • Slide show (using PowerPoint, Keynote, iMovie, slide projedtor, etc.) – it should last five minutes;
        • Pamphlet – it should take five minutes to read through it.
        • Get it?

After you finish researching:

  1. Step One
    1. Pick a team of two.
    2. Pick a topic (below) and a method for grading (above).
    3. Post ownership of the topic to your class thread for the assignment.
    4. Divide up the responsibilities.
    5. Report to Mr. Moshé. – GRADE
  2. Step Two
    1. Research and gather information.
    2. Begin creating the Bibliography.
    3. Determine the form of final product.
    4. Determine how you will be graded.
    5. Report to Mr. Moshé. – GRADE
  3. Step Three
    1. Create Final Product.
    2. Check to see if your product satisfies the rubric you have chosen.
    3. Give a blank copy of the rubric you’ve chosen to Mr. Moshé for grading.
    4. Present the product to the class/audience.
    5. Get feedback from the class and Mr. Moshé. – GRADES


  1. Yoruba & Egbado
  2. Victorian Literature
  3. Victorian Art
  4. Victorian Games/Board Games
  5. African Art – Eastern
  6. African Art – Northern
  7. African Art – Southern
  8. African Art – Sahel and Savanna
  9. African Art – Central
  10. African Art – Western
  11. African Art – Egypt
  12. Victorian England
  13. Prince Albert
  14. Queen Victoria
  15. Victorian England Education
  16. Sierra Leone
  17. Walter Dean Myers
  18. Madeira
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