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Brainstorming can be more than simply writing down a few ideas. Using the Inspiration Software program, learners visualize the process and learn about linking ideas to form logical relationships. Even without the program, there is still plenty to use here. Lead your class through an Inspiration tutorial where they come up with research topic ideas, create an idea web, and add images. Hyperlink ideas to online resources, and translate the visual idea map to a linear outline.
Having a strong searching skill set can make a research project much easier and much for successful for pupils. Tackle finding evidence with the ideas included here. The ultimate goal is for class members to learn the stepping stones method, which will help them discover new information and probe more deeply into their research topic. The resource is quite detailed and includes articles and sources to print as well as a presentation and a graphic organizer.
Gather some information, print it onto sentence strips, and then have your class physically shuffle the cards to better understand the importance of organizational patterns in writing. Middle school learners examine information for a research topic, sort the information they found, and create a thoughtful organizational pattern.
If you are planning on working on a research paper in your class, take a look at this resource first. Starting off with information about plagiarism, the series of activities briefly described here should give your pupils a general idea of how to write a research paper. While the bulk of the resource is an overview of activities and does not include much detail, there are quite a few useful links to help enrich the instructional activity.
Introduce your young writers to visual brainstorming. No matter the type of project, the provided templates will help class members generate and record ideas, organize information, and develop questions for further inquiry. The scripted plan includes templates, directions for the use of the software, models, and adaptations.
Students focus on narrowing topics in order to find an appropriate research topic for a research paper on meat. In this research skills lesson, students brainstorm about meat, using various topics/subtopics of meat. Students access an online search engine to search meat and peruse subdivisions. Students come up with two different research questions on health aspects and find an article that answers the question.
Go beyond Google! Class members investigate additional research options while gathering formation for a topic they are interesting in learning more about. In the process they locate sites, examine why the site was created and consider the validity of the information provided.
Research was very different in the past. Pupils once had difficulty finding sufficient information, but now they have the opposite problem. Show your class how to pick the best resources out of the millions of sites an online search will bring up. The class will practice using Google Scholar, a great resource for class members with high reading levels. Allow partners to play around with Google Scholar and compare the results to a general Google search. In addition, class members can find other tools to help with research and try out a challenge presented by the teacher. A useful presentation is included as is a supplementary handout on search tools.
Online resources take many forms: blogs, search engines, news websites, documents, wikis. In order to conduct effective research, pupils should become familiar with different formats so that they can more easily choose suitable sites for their information. This resource includes a useful handout and describes a categorizing activity for small groups. To make the lesson more meaningful, teach it during a research project and ask class members to relate their searching to their projects.
Teaching learners how to evaluate a research source is an important part of the research process. The fresh idea here is that groups first develop a list of reasons why resources should be evaluated, transform these reasons into criteria, use the criteria to develop a rubric, and then test their rubric against two resources (one reliable, one not). Although designed for teacher candidates, the process outlined would work equally well for the secondary classroom.
Brainstorming is a key part of the research and writing process. Class members follow step-by-step directions for an educational software product that helps them record their ideas for research. It even converts a graphic organizer into an linear outline! Samples, links, extensions, and adaptations are provided with this resource.
What do you wonder about bats? Use an open-ended question like this to engage your class and interest them in an upcoming research project. There's a list of example questions to offer or suggest regarding bats, but see what they can come up with themselves. A slew of Internet resources is also provided. Modify the research assignment so it's appropriate for your age level.
Your budding scholars spent the day in the library looking for a topic for their research essay, and now they are all in tears because there is too much information available on their topics. Wipe those tears away with the ideas and activities available in this resource. Developing writers collaborate, and break down large topics (WWII, terrorism, skateboarding) by brainstorming aspects, events, and associations proceeding from the topic. From their discoveries, happy learners develop a more specific and manageable topic for their writing.
How do you choose a research topic? This helpful graphic organizer is provided to aid middle and high schoolers in organizing their initial thoughts and choosing a topic. They have to narrow their topic by culture, time frame, event, etc., and brainstorm sources they can look at first.