Writing for Peace encourages authors to seek out both traditional and nontraditional sources for research. Check with school or local libraries for both fiction and nonfiction books written about the culture you have chosen to study. Look for books written by authors from the region. Look for current event stories, films, documentaries and even YouTube videos. Be ingenious…and take careful notes!
Don’t be afraid to listen to recordings of the spoken language, even if you don’t understand a single word. Listen to the rhythm, melody and intonation of the language, consider the energy and force of the speaker, and compare the dynamics between the voices of men and women.
Once you have studied the history of the region and have a grasp of the region’s current events, consider interviewing a foreign exchange student who could directly answer questions you may have and ask if they would consider reading your work and offering feedback.
When you have completed your research, your bibliography should include a variety of mediums and resources. You’ll be something of an expert on the region’s:
- History, Economy, Politics and Ecosystem
- Current Events and Social Pressures
- Day-to-Day Life
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