Mrs. Catalano's Dance ISU

Dance Beyond Movement

The Task - Graphic Organizer, the Research Paper and the Oral Presentation

Find 4-6 resources using reputable and reliable online material or books. Two sources must be from the library e-database. Find information about your dance form and cover the following subtopics below.



  • GUIDING QUESTIONS FOR YOUR RESEARCH - Use the graphic organizer to compile your research –include jot notes for each category IN YOUR OWN WORDS and indicate the source that it came from



  1. The place and time period that this dance form first developed
  2. The roots of the dance form (historical and political). Describe a social or political event that had an impact on the dance form. Explain how the dance form evolved. Where and how did it spread?
  3. The influences of the dance form (what previous dances influenced the development of this form?)
  4. The purpose/function of the dance form . What was the social or cultural purpose/function of this dance form? Where was it performed?
  5. The music that accompanied this dance form. Describe the type of music, qualities of music, artists with popular songs, how the music developed, how it accompanies the dance.
  6. The Costumes/Props that were worn. What do the look like, why were they worn, how does the costume reflect the time period?
  7. The people who danced this form. Describe who they were, people who became famous for this dance form, why they were drawn to this dance form
  8. The characteristics of the dance form (ie steps, style, technique)


  • Document 4-6 resources used in MLA format and create a Works Cited List
  • Write a 2-3 page report based on the above research
  • Include in-text citations for each paragraph (1-2 per paragraph)



Oral Presentation

  • Prepare a powerpoint presentation that summarizes all findings from your research
  • Gather visuals (pictures and video footage) that may benefit presentation
  • You will have 10 minutes to present
  • All questions will be answered at the end of each presentation
  • Do not read powerpoint slides. Video footage should be kept to a minimum length
  • The last slide should be a SUMMARY of your dance form. This will be used by your classmates to study for the final exam

The Topics

Choose one of the following dance forms that evolved from the Journey of Hip Hop timeline.

  • 20’s Early Jazz
  • 30’s Swing era
  • 40’s Bop
  • Tap
  • Classical Jazz (Fred Astire)
  • Musical Theatre/Jazz (Bob Fosse)
  • Disco (1970)
  • Locking (early 1970)
  • Break Dance (1970)
  • Popping (late 1970)
  • Contemporary Jazz (1980)
  • Old Skool Hip Hop- 80s & 90s
  • Krump

Research - The Library Catalogue

The first place to start your research is by using the library catalogue. This is where you want to start your book search. We have a number of book resources for the topics listed above. You have two methods to find and use the catalogue:


  1. Go to the applications page and click on the "Library Catalogue - Louise Arbour"
  2. Go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page and click on the Library Catalogue (You can access this one from home as well).


Once you are at the main page, enter the subject/keywords of the topic that you are searching for. Keep in mind that spelling is really important! If you spell the word that you are looking for incorrectly, the system will assume we do not have it. We may not have books for some of the topics that you are looking for, but this is a good place to start! If you are having difficulty finding the book that you are looking for, please ask a member of the library team. We are here to help you! I have already checked our collection for your topics and have a book list if you are having difficulty. However, since you are in Grade 11, we are encouraging you to start your search independently. The link provided below will take you directly to the library catalogue.

How To Do a Boolean Search

For this assignment , you are looking for very specific topics. Doing a proper Boolean search will help you expand or contract your search, depending on what you are looking for. The link below is a tutorial on how to do a Boolean search. This can help you find the information you need.

Doing Your Research - The Databases

Unlike typical research essays where you can put in a topic and find a wealth of information, this one will be more challenging. You should focus on doing a Boolean search to help you be specific enough to help you find the information. Here is some information as to how to get to the databases (at school and at home):


Sometimes books on your topic can be hard to find because your subject area might be really new or really specific. This is where databases will become your best friend! There are two ways to get to the databases:


  1. Go to the applications page and click on "Library Catalogue - Louise Arbour". Then click on Library eResources. Click on eResources. Click on Intermediate/Secondary. Then you will find all of our databases.
  2. Go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page through your BYOD. Click on BYOD login. Click on MyClass (the green icon). Click on the Library Learning Commons MyClass icon. Click on databases from home. Then you will find all of our databases.


Keep in mind that if you are accessing the databases from home, you need to go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page and click on the "Lock" icon. Once you click on the lock icon you can click on the database passwords link. You will need these passwords to access your databases from home.

The Databases - Finding the Information You Need

Once you have found the databases you will need to start searching for your topic. For this assignment, I would recommend starting at the following databases when conducting your research:


  • Explora
  • Britannica Online
  • Canada in Context
  • History Reference Centre
  • Research in Context


These databases have been specifically selected for you for this assignment because they will have the most relevant information for what you are looking for. They are better than a random search on a website because you can find a lot of information here that has been written by experts in the field. But beware! For this assignment you are not allowed to get your information from overtly biased news sources like CNN or the Toronto Star. If you are unsure if your source of information is biased, ask the librarian or Ms. Catalano! You should not have to use Google for any of your research for this assignment. The databases will have what you need to get your work done! Please keep in mind that you cannot click the links below to get to the databases. You will need to go to the Library Learning Commons MyClass page to get there or you can click on the secondary eResources link below.

Creating a Works Cited Page - MLA Style

For this assignment, you are required to create a works cited page to ensure you are not plagiarizing your work. We have many tools to help you create the perfect works cited page!


Since this is an English assignment, you should be using the MLA style of referencing. On the Library Learning Commons MyClass page, under Class Resources, we have a number of tools that you can use to help you track your sources and create a proper works cited page. You can also use the databases to help you complete your works cited page by clicking on SourceIt. This database is Peel Board approved in terms of being a great tool to help you properly cite your work.


One of the easiest tools to use when creating a works cited page is Citation Machine. If you go to www.citationmachine.net , you can input your book, magazine, website, film or other resource and the citation will be created for you! Please keep in mind that if some parts of the citation are missing, you can easily fill them in using Citation Machine.


Finally, many of the databases create the citation for you! When you are in a database and you are looking at an article, look to the top or the left of the article to find a citation tools like (in some databases it will look like a check mark). If you click on that link and select MLA formatting, the citation will be created for you and then you can copy and paste it into your works cited page.


When completing your works cited page, there are a few key things to remember:



  1. It should be in alphabetical by author's last name. If there is no author, then it should be in alphabetical order by whatever letter comes first in the citation.
  2. The second line should be indented. You can do this by pressing "Enter" and then "Tab".
  3. You do not have to number your citations.
  4. You do not have to put your list of citations into categories (i.e. books, magazines, websites, etc.).
  5. You should only include resources that you actually used in your research. If you looked at it, but did not use it, it should not be included in your works cited.



WORKS CITED EXAMPLE – MLA FORMAT



Works Cited


Harris, Joanne. Five Quarters of an Orange. Boston: Harper, 2002.


Our Lady Peace. "Innocent." Gravity. Sony, 2002.


"Season One." Grey's Anatomy. Writ. Shonda Rhimes. DVD. Touchstone, 2005.


Strudwick, Leslie. Entertainers. Calgary: Weigl Educational, 2000.