In this new book from Routledge and MiddleWeb, author Angie Miller shows how you can turn your students into informed citizens by teaching them how to research effectively. In today’s information-saturated world research skills have moved beyond fact-finding, into fact-sifting, fact-sorting, and fact-assessing. Miller shows you how to help students check sources, take good notes, make use of information, and synthesize and present information across the subject areas. She also shows how to make research a daily practice, not a one-time essay or project. With examples and online handouts you can use immediately, this practical book is a valuable resource for educators seeking to engage students in their work and encourage them toward higher level thinking.
Table of Contents
Meet the Author
Introduction: Why Research?
Chapter One: What Are We Asking Students to Do? Redesigning Assignments to Encourage Creative and Critical Thinking
Chapter Two: I Don’t Have Time to Teach Research: Balancing Content, Skills, and Time Management.
Chapter Three: Finding Focus: Using Presearch and Questioning to Narrow and Refine Research
Chapter Four--So Much Out There: Helping Students Navigate the Vast Resource Landscape
Chapter Five: Take Note: Introducing Strategies That Improve Student Learning and Help Them Avoid Plagiarism
Chapter Six: Putting It All Together: Organizing the Parts of Your Research Paper
Chapter Seven: The Part That’s Never ExCITEing: Making Works Cited an Easier Accomplishment
Chapter Eight: Beyond the Essay: How to Incorporate Podcasts, PSAs, and Other Valuable Projects Into the Classroom
Angie Miller is a middle and high school teacher–librarian in New Hampshire. The 2011 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, the recipient of the 2017 New Hampshire Library Program of the Year, a TED speaker, and a National Geographic Teacher Fellow, she writes, speaks, and runs professional development that advocates for the teaching profession and promotes the empowerment of student voice across the country. Visit Angie's website at www.angiemillerauthor.com.
"Angie Miller’s inviting mix of narrative and practical tips points the way toward research as a creative act, giving educators multiple entry points into the process, from the easy suggestions to 'try one thing' to larger projects that will engage and excite even the most research-avoidant student."
—Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Palo Duro High School, Amarillo, TX
"There is a need for this book that will only grow over time. Many schools and students are moving away from teaching research, and this book gives practical strategies and inspirational reasons to fight the good fight. I found myself energized by Miller’s writing."
—Sarah Cooper, Dean of Studies and 8th Grade U.S. History Teacher, Flintridge Preparatory School, La Canada, CA
Download PDF Resources
- Alternative Search Engines
- Criteria For Success
- Great Places to Find Primary Sources
- Initial Research Planning Sheet
- Management Tools
- Map Your Questions
- Reflection Sheet
- Research Process Logs
- Sample Conference Sheet
- Sample Plan Sheet
- Shifting Our Assignments
- Teacher-generated Essential questions
- Websites to Send Students
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