When you don't know what other facts you can gather, ask yourself if you have:
  • What's interesting
  • What's important
  • Who is involved
  • When it happened
  • Where it happened
  • Why it happened
  • How it happened

For example, if you are writing a paragraph about the events leading up to the winter at Valley Forge or the Battle at Yorktown, you might ask yourself, "Why did General Washington choose Valley Forge?  Where there other options?  Was there something attractive about Valley Forge?"

For Yorktown, ask yourself why the army was moving to Yorktown.  Did they have to go there?  Were they choosing to go there?  What was different about Yorktown than all the other places in the colonies?

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