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Have your class read texts on a specific famous person using a Student Encyclopedia. They will learn to use basic research skills to answer questions about their famous person, take notes, and learn how to cite sources to complete a simple bibliography. Note: There is an extension to write a short report available.
How do researchers narrow their searches so that they get the most useful and accurate information available? This essential question is at the heart of the activities suggested by a research skills activity. Tips include how to craft keyword searches, how to evaluate a source, and how to cite sites.
In this research skills worksheet, students practice the research skill of paraphrasing written information. They read short passages and sentences before using their own words to rewrite the important information. They learn the techniques of using their own words, blind paraphrasing, not using more that three words from the source in a row, and using synonyms and key words.
High school social studies teachers addressing the crisis in Darfur could use elements of this plan to increase social studies vocabulary and research skills. It includes a page of lecture/discussion notes, instructions for creating higher-level questions, and a DBQ essay assignment.