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4th Grade Research Assignment for the Calvert Reading Lesson

For my homeschool reading lesson, I had to write a short research paper.

This is the part of the lessons to learn about reading strategies for non-fiction reading materials.

I'm assigned a book called "Thomas Edison: The Great Inventor."

One of the  books I use for Calvert.

. I researched about the kinetoscope, which is the first motion picture exhibition device and was invented by Thomas Edison.

A drawing of Edison's kinetographic camera.

I wish I could see how it works in person! Supposedly Thomas Edison didn't make it by himself, even though he was such a good inventor.

Here is my finished paper:

The Kinetoscope: The Invention by Geniuses

The Kinetoscope, one of the greatest inventions by Thomas Edison, is an early motion picture exhibition device made in the late 19th century. However, it took more than one person to create such a remarkable machine.

First Thomas Edison met Eadweard Muybridge, who was a photographic pioneer. He was working with a French scientist called Étienne-Jules Marey, and in 1879, together they filmed birds with a special camera that was converted from a gun. This camera took twelve consecutive images per second and captured the birds’ movements chronologically This type of filming was called chronophotography. Their research inspired Edison to experiment with roll film. Then he worked with William Dickson to make the Kinetoscope. Edison said: “We will do for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear.”

Edison and Dickson together made an improvement on the film to make it more sensitive, then changed the horizontal feed to one in which the film was fed vertically. After making many other improvements and adjustments, Edison finally patented the Kinetoscope in August 24, 1891. It took about twelve years altogether since Muybridge and Marey first made chronophotography. The creation so important and memorable in history like this was made by not just one genius, but by many, each contributing an essential element.

I did a drawing about Edison's light bulb invention:

Drawing Edison's ligt bulb.

I made the bulb look like Earth, because his invention influenced the whole world.

...And also the drawing of my favorite Rilakkuma!

Drawing Rilakkuma character.

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