Senior Composition

  • Night Research Project
    As you prepare to read Night, start your research here with relevant internet sites, links to helpful databases, books from our library catalog, and a link to Easybib to cite your sources.
    Night Research Guide
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns Research Project
    Readers of A Thousand Splendid Suns, start your research here with some information general websites about Afghanistan’s history and culture, relevant Worldbook Online Articles, and links to cite your sources.
    Afghanistan Research Guide
  • Afghanistan Media Project
    Students, see the attached guide for Afghanistan news resources and presentation examples.
    Media Project Guide

Afghanistan Research Project

Readers of A Thousand Splendid Suns, start your research here with some information general websites about Afghanistan’s history and culture, online databases, and links to cite your sources.

As you research, be sure to keep your account open, documenting your sources as you use them.

  • AEA Online Databases
    • Culture Grams :  A wealth of information on customs and culture of each country.  Many good images for presentations.
    • AP Images :  Associated Press news and magazine images for presentations and projects.
    • Britannica Online:    Online Encyclopedia with comprehensive information on Afghanistan.
    • Learn 360 : A collection of videos and video clips on a variety of topics that can be used for presentations and powerpoints.
    • Gale : Good resource for current news and magazine articles and other research documents.
  • Afghanistan
    From the CIA’s World Factbook, this web site contains a thumbnail sketch of important information about Afghanistan. Every type of statistic you might need can be found on this site, including information on Afghanistan’s geography (a small map is included), people, government, economy, communications, transportation, and military. It’s a great place for students who need reference information about this country to visit.
  • Afghanistan
    For two thousand years, Afghanistan was the stage on which empires grew and trade flourished, yet the country did not achieve complete and true independence until the twentieth century. This volume from the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series describes Afghanistan’s history (from the Achaemenid Rule (circa 550-331 B.C.) to its contemporary struggles and achievements), society, environment, economy, government, and politics.
  • Ethnic Groups of Afghanistan
    You may think that all of the people who live in Afghanistan are the same, but that is not true at all. There are many different ethnic groups living within the Afghan borders, including the Pashtuns, Tajiks, and Turkmen. On this web site you can learn about all of the different ethnic groups who live in Afghanistan. There are pictures and maps available to you, and hyperlinks to help you find any other information you need.
  • Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan
    The organization that offers humanitarian assistance to the women and children of Afghanistan tells you just what they plan to do and why their actions are so important. You can learn about this organization’s projects and activities, read publications, documents, and reports, and even find awards that have been presented to the organization as well. Whatever you would like to know about the efforts to assist the women and children of Afghanistan you will find here.
  • Afghanistan Unveiled
    In 2002 fourteen young women from Afghanistan were trained as video journalists so they could tell the story of their countrywomen. This Independent Lens episode shares their journey by introducing you to the women they met as they traveled their country. A map shows the areas of Afghanistan they visited. By clicking on a location on the map you can link to a video of the women there. They tell about the violence and poverty prevalent in their lives. The rights of the Afghan women are discussed.
  • Afghanistan: Invisible Women
    Afghanistan is still a dangerous place to be female, even after the overthrow of the Taliban. Although women are free to go to work, school, out in public, and even get involved in politics, many are afraid to take the risk. Afghanistan women seek the right equal political representation and legal protection against sexual harassment and domestic violence. They fear a new constitution will have little power to protect their rights. Afghanistan is a dangerous place to be pregnant, with lack of access to health care. Discover the challenges concerning education for girls.
  • Afghanistan Online: Government and Politics
    Learn about the presidential elections, new constitution, National Assembly, and court systems of Afghanistan in recent years. Briefly investigate the history of the Taliban in power, as well as the role of the Loya Jirga in keeping the government under control. Understand the role and limitations of political parties in Afghanistan. Examine five previous constitutions written during the 20th century, view previous and current flags, and discover the national anthem and other important documents. Follow links to other official government websites.
  • Rebuilding Afghanistan
    Afghanistan’s repressive government, the Taliban, once destroyed historical and cultural icons, like paintings, sculptures, music, and books. Since the war on terror, the Taliban has been toppled, and rebuilding is underway. Billions of dollars are needed to combat the damage done by Soviet occupation, ethnic and religious civil wars, and the war on terrorism. Homes, roads, hospitals, and schools are being rebuilt, even in the midst of poverty, illiteracy, and assassination attempts on the new president.
  • Building A New Afghanistan
    Having led the country since the fall of the Taliban, Hamid Karzai was elected president by the people of Afghanistan in the first democratic election. Once Prime Minister, his role as president allows him to choose cabinet members. Unlike the political parties of the United States, the political factions of Afghanistan are its different ethnic groups. Discover the role of the loya jirga, or grand council, in bringing the tribal elders together to discuss national affairs, form a transitional government, adopt a constitution, divide power, and conduct a national election.
  • Fighting Terrorism in Afghanistan Means Combating Drug Trade
    Once seen as only one of the problems facing war-torn Afghanistan, destroying its thriving poppy crop is gaining importance in the central Asian country, as experts link support for the Taliban to the growth of poppies.
  • Afghanistan retakes heroin crown
    Afghanistan retook its place as the world’s leading producer of heroin last year, after US-led forces overthrew the Taleban which had banned cultivation of opium poppies.
  • Analysis: Who are the Taleban
    The Taliban has been at the center of our news for months now. Who are the Taliban? This web site takes you into South Asia where you will learn all about the Taliban. Did you know that they were first seen in 1994? Or that at first, some of the Afghanistan people were thankful for the Taliban because they got rid of corruption? You can follow the history of this group and discover how they evolved into what we know today.
  • Veiled in Fear
    This page contains the transcript to an edition of the Jim Lehrer NewsHour that aired in 1996 after the fundamentalist Islamic group called the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan’s government. The program explains how the country was adjusting to the new strict laws. Afghanistan’s women were affected the most because they were not allowed to work and they were forced to cover their bodies from head to toe when they left their homes, but every single resident was forced to alter their lives in some way. There are also interviews and reactions from three native Afghans.