Instructor: Ms. E. Pumpelly
Gifted Hands research
purpose of this activity will be to access resources using the
Cuyamaca Community College library in order to supplement the
information you learn while reading Ben Carson's autobiography.
will choose one topic from the choices below. In the library and
on your own, you will complete the research outline to prepare
for an in-class writing assignment with the following
One paragraph in length with at
least six to eight sentences for your paragraph.
Your paragraph will contain a topic
sentence, supporting details and a concluding sentence, (PIE:
point, illustration, explanation).
All sources will be cited in
correct MLA format.
Library Research Question: (CHOOSE
Carson chose the career of a neurosurgeon. Find
out what it takes to become a neurosurgeon. Use the website
Occupational Outlook and type "physicians
and surgeons" in the search box. Please answer the following
What is the nature of the work and
working conditions of a neurosurgeon?
What are the educational requirements of
What aspects of this career do and/or do
not appeal to you? Explain why.
Find resources outside Carson's Gifted Hands
biography (news coverage, websites, etc.) that include his
personal commentary. Select one of his quotes that you find
meaningful and thought-provoking. Cite the quote and explain what it means
to you. Write about whether you agree or disagree
with the quote and explain why.
Explain how you can apply this quote to
your personal life or future.
(Library research tip for Topic #2: Try the following websites:
and read this
good article from Reading Today
Research the Carson Scholars Fund (http://carsonscholars.org/).
Explore the website to find out how Ben and Candy Carson
continue to make positive change in his community.
Describe the foundations purpose and
Find an example (testimony, personal
description) of one student who has benefited from the program.
Describe the persons background and the type of support they
received from the fund. Write about the most interesting fact you
learned about the foundation. Explain why it interested or