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1 Teaching Research Skills in Grade 7-12 Classrooms Through Technology Presenters Melinda Grimm Western Illinois University Laura Kieran Drake University

2 Researching & Writing Informational Text Common Core Standards Addressed: –RIT:6.3 Analyze ideas in text –RIT:6.7 Integrate info from different media or formats –W:6.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources & refocusing the inquiry when appropriate. –W:6.5 Process writing –W:6.6 Using tech to produce & publish –W:6.8 Gathering information

3 1.Analyze samples of informational text form. a)Topics & details b)Organization c)Beginning/Ending d)Techniques for style/voice e)Help adopt terms (academic language) In print or Encyclopaedia Britannica

4 Academic Language  Academic language is:  the language used in the classroom and workplace  the language of text  the language assessments  the language of academic success  the language of power  Examples:  Draft  Polish  Source  Narrow down  Revise  Notes  Introduction

5 2. Choose and narrow down a topic. (mini- lesson opportunity) 3. Create a list of possible research questions. (# related to age group) Essay Writing Guide – types of verbs ReadNRespond- Levels of questions 4. Consider audience, purpose, form & time

6 A Few Words About ……..  Audience – Who will read this?  Purpose – Are you writing to entertain? To inform? To persuade? As important as setting purpose to read – in fact, often influences decision about form  Form/genre – a report? a story? A letter? A poem? An essay? A journal?  Time – How much time does the writer have to create the document? What is the timeline? Most likely determines the length and depth

7 5. Gathering sources and information 6. Recording information (data charts, note cards, other organizational options) and identify sources Write 2 Lite – good for notes (lined) Easy Writer Lite - good for notes (unlined) Tools4Students- Graphic organizers (Great opportunity for discussion of plagiarism)

8 7. Composing/revising/editing Develop and organize notes (outline, chart, etc.) and draft paper Hint: draft only body first 8. Cite sources - synthesis of sources Teach in-text citations & bibliography EasyBib for iPad = free Easy APA Referencing -$1.99 Easy MLA Referencing -$1.99

9 9. Add intro & ending Introduction - Announces topic, Catches interest, Preview Transitions - Words /expressions that move reader smoothly from one idea to the next Conclusion Restate main ideas/thesis- reminds reader Hints: -Look at examples in print -No new information -Often easier to write in revision stage

10 10. Revise: Utilize revising checklist for rough draft & final draft, revise based on personal and external feedback- have others read to suggest revisions Hint: Read revised paper aloud to make sure paper flows smoothly & is free of major errors

11 11. Edit, Polish, and Publish: Utilize editing checklist Have others read and edit paper. Write 2 Lite – good for notes (lined) Easy Writer Lite - good for notes (unlined) Tools4Students- Graphic organizers 12. Polish and Publish: Notebook FreeCafeBook SelfPub

12 Thank You for your Attendance! ~~~~~~~~ Contact info: Melinda Grimm - Laura Kieran -


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