Time To Complete
Have students complete the first columns of a KWL/KWHLAQ chart (http://www.flickr.com/photos/langwitches/5958295132/). If you have a set of class resources for research you might have them preview the books on their topic to frontload as a scaffold.
Teach specific mini-lessons on how to conduct effective and valid Internet searches; have students work in pairs to find credible sources on assigned or student-generated topics
Model for students how to take notes. You can offer students several graphic organizers for note-taking, or teach them one strategy, such as Cornell. There are some middle school level resources that could easily be modified for upper- or lower-grade students. http://infotech.spsd.org/MS/ms_research_step4.html
Model for students how to take notes in their own words to avoid plagiarizing. Give students a list of facts and have them work with partners to rewrite the facts in their own words.
Research Resources for Students
Citing your research
- Identifying Reliable Sources and Citing Them: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2010/11/reliable-sources-and-citations
- Info Tech/Info Lit for Middle School: Use of Information http://infotech.spsd.org/MS/ms_research_step4.html
How to model Cornell Notes (videos)