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- Kristen D., 1st year teacher
- Houston, TX
Brainstorming Research Topics Teacher Resources
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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.
Students analyze a graphic from an article and predict what the article might be about. After reading an article, they discover a journalist's experience of traveling across the United States to compare fast food restaurants. They brainstorm ideas for their own narrative and research the topic to write an article.
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.
Search a variety of sources to create a multimedia or book project about Japan. Learners use the independent investigation method to plan and conduct research about Japan. They use the information they discover to create a computer book or a multimedia project for an oral presentation. Multiple resources and reproducible materials are included.
Give your class some non-fiction, pre-writing strategies to practice. They contribute words and ideas to a class Venn diagram comparing literary elements and non-fiction text structure used in animal picture books. They brainstorm topics for their individual project, too.
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.
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.
Learners use a map to locate World War II's Pacific Theater. Using provided links, they research this region during the war and learn about veterans. They invite a veteran of the war to visit the class and ask them questions based on their research. They record his answers and send thank you notes to him for coming to their class.