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Create Your Own Story in GALILEO

GALILEO offers many ways in which you can create and share your own story. This activity offers a guided exploration through suggested GALILEO resources to help you create your story along one of three themes: where you’re from, where your people are from, and where you’re going. As you explore, you can collect items to illustrate your story and compose them into a digital story that can be shared with others. Suggested resources for each theme as well as tips for using GALILEO resources for this project are included below.


    Find 3 (or more) items, such as images, articles, documents, etc., to illustrate where you’re from, where your people are from, or where you’re going.
    Create a digital item, which can be a slide presentation, document, video, poster, etc., to compose these items into your story.


    1. Students will be able to identify appropriate GALILEO resources for a variety of topics required to meet the Georgia Performance Standards
    2. Students will explore a variety of GALILEO resources that support classroom activities
    3. Students will collect items (e.g., images, articles, primary source documents, etc.) from GALILEO resources related to a theme of their choosing
    4. Students will cite collected items utilizing GALILEO tools to link to those items
    5. Students will synthesize collected items to compose a personal story
    6. Students will create a digital object to share their story with others

Georgia Performance Standards:

    1. ELAXLSV2 The student listens to and views various forms of text and media in order to gather and share information, persuade others, and express and understand ideas.
    2. ELAXRC1 The student reads a minimum of 25 grade-level appropriate books or book equivalents (approximately 1,000,000 words) per year from a variety of subject disciplines. The student reads both informational and fictional texts in a variety of genres and modes of discourse, including technical texts related to various subject areas.
    3. ELAXW3 The student uses research and technology to support writing.
    4. Content in GALILEO resources also supports standards and skill requirements across the curriculum.

Create Your Own Story Theme 1: Where You’re From (Handout)

Georgia History Resources

Find the following suggested resources and more in the Georgia History and Culture section of GALILEO High School or the Georgia section of GALILEO Teen.

Tip: GALILEO also has a lesson plan to encourage students to explore Georgia history resources and create a poem and digital story about their area. See the Where I’m From in GALILEO Lesson Plan site for more information.

Create Your Own Story Theme 2: Where Your People Are From (Handout)

Georgia History Resources

If your folks are from Georgia, see the suggested Georgia history resources above.

State Resources

If your people are from another state, here are some suggested resources:

Country Resources

If your ancestors are from another country, check out these suggested resources from the Countries section of GALILEO High School or the Countries section of GALILEO Teen:

Create Your Own Story Theme 3: Where You’re Going (Handout)

Job and Career Resources

Find these suggested resources and more in the College and Careers sections of GALILEO Teen and the College and Universities or Careers sections of GALILEO High School:

Professional Development Resources

Find professional resources for educators at all grade levels and subjects in Education Research in GALILEO High School or in the Education section of GALILEO Scholar:

Travel Resources

See the state and country resources above for suggestions.

Linking, Citing, and Finding Images: Tips for Using GALILEO to Tell Your Story (Handout)

Linking to GALILEO Resources

Linking to GALILEO

Use the main GALILEO URL:

Linking to Databases

Use GALILEO Express Links to link to individual databases (What is a GALILEO Express Link?)

Linking to Magazines, Journals, Newspapers, and Other Publications

There are two ways to link to publications:
* Use the persistent link from Find It @ GALILEO (see instructions)
* Use the persistent link in the publication record for EBSCO resources

  1. Go to an EBSCO database, such as Professional Development Collection
  2. Click Publications tab at the top
  3. Search for your title
  4. Choose the title to see the “Link to this publication” link
Linking to Articles

There are two ways to link to articles:
* Use the permalink or persistent link found in the article information for most articles (e.g., Britannica, EBSCO, DLG)
* Use the Find Cited Article tool to build a link (see instructions)

Citing Sources

Here are a few tips on finding citations in GALILEO:
* Click the Cite link in an EBSCO article to get suggested formats for citations
* Check articles for a suggested citation (e.g., Britannica)
* NGE has a suggested citation format at the end of each article; click the “Cite this Article” tab to see it
* In DLG, check the Rights and Usage information section of the item (see example)

Finding Images

Go to Browse by Type in High School or By Type in Teen and choose the image or picture category for a list of resources
Tip: Good sources of images are Britannica, SIRS Discoverer (elementary and middle), Images @ EBSCO, and DLG

Adding Video

Add Britannica videos to slide presentations - go to Teachers’ Resources in Britannica for a video guide on how to do this or view this video demonstration

Ways to Share Your Story

The GALILEO staff will present two awards for the best use of GALILEO resources at the Georgia Student Media Festival: group project (teacher) and individual (student). Please consider submitting your project.