1. Sea, Oh, Sea!

    Investigation

    Goal

    To compile fictional sea descriptions and explore relationships between evolving civilizations and portrayals of seas found in world literature.

    Research question

    The depiction of seas in world literature has been evolving from that of a formidable force of nature to that of an ample source of commerce, travel, and recreation.

    Equipment

    No special equipment is required.

    Why use data from multiple participants?

    Comparing data from the multiple participants will enable us to trace the gradual change in people’s attitudes toward the seas as reflected in works of fiction.

    Investigation Protocol

    1. Select a book of fiction containing a description of a sea (either a real or fictional sea).
    2. Upload onto the website a short excerpt this description of the sea. If the fictional piece has more than one sea description, you may complete a separate Report Form for each individual portrayal. Important: when using the work of another author(s), always include the name of the author(s), the book’s title, the year it was published, the company that published it, and the nation in which it was first published.
    3. Fill in and submit a Report Form. When answering Questions 6 and 7 of the Report Form, our map of the oceans may be useful. This map will help you only if the sea you are investigating is, indeed, on Earth. If the sea is on another planet or a fictional one, skip these two questions.
      Important:
      Question 6.
      The purpose of this question is only to place a sea in a corresponding ocean. If the sea is not identified in the chosen work of fiction and only the ocean is mentioned, skip this question and proceed to Question 7.
      Question 7.
      If the sea is not identified in the chosen work of fiction and only the ocean is mentioned, select the ocean (at the bottom of the list). If both the sea and its corresponding ocean are mentioned, please select the sea only. If you can’t identify the sea or ocean, select the last option in the list. If this is a fictional sea (ocean), skip this question.
    4. Share your thoughts and findings in project discussions and the blog.

    Safety tips

    When using an author’s work, always include the author(s)’ name(s), the title of the book, the year it was published, the company that published it, and the nation in which it was first published.

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    • Project was published on:November 5, 2013
    Report Form Before filling in the Report Form, please read the Investigation Protocol