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Phase I: Examples of Students' I-Search Questions from a Unit on Natural Disasters

"What are the causes and effects of the Tri-State Tornado that occurred in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana on March 18, 1925? I was interested in this disaster because I have always been interested in tornadoes. I also know that it was in Indiana so I could get more information. My cousin did this disaster last year, he could help me. Even before I started this report I knew a little bit about tornadoes. I know they are mostly caused by cold and hot winds meeting. I knew that they were very deadly, but I never know how destructive one really could be until I read about the Tri-state Tornado."


"There have been many floods in Galveston, but the worst one recalled was the flood in 1900, the flood that drowned the city. What are the causes and effects of the flood in Galveston in 1900? I was interested in this disaster because first of all, I've been to Galveston before and the thought that I've been to a city that was completely under water really fascinated me. I'm interested in water because you usually don't think of water as being something really powerful, when it is."


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