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Rebuilding Research Writing
Strategies for Sparking Informational Inquiry

ISBN 9780415732079
Published February 20, 2014 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

Our students must become skilled at finding answers and using information to succeed in college, careers, and daily life. Using inquiry, writing, and technology to infuse passion into the classroom research paper motivates students and results in deeper learning. In this practical, research-based book, authors Werner-Burke, Knaus, and DeCamp encourage you to toss the old index cards and jump-start the classroom research paper so that it is more meaningful, manageable, and effective. Explore innovative ways to help students find engaging topics, collect and evaluate information, and write, rethink, and revise to truly impact their audience. The book is filled with tools and student samples to help you implement the ideas in your own classroom.

Special Features:

  • Clear connections to the Common Core State Standards
  • Ready-to-use classroom handouts for different stages of the research process
  • A handy appendix featuring a sample research project timeline and rubric
  • Helpful examples of real student work and assessments
  • Research-based foundations that guide and inform how the process unfolds and why it works

Table of Contents

Introduction: Kindred Spirits

Chapter 1: All That Rises: Convergence Drives Change

Chapter 2: Lighting the Fire: Topic Selection with Passion and Curiosity

Chapter 3: Search and Seize: Getting to the Good Sources

Chapter 4: Death of the Notecard? The Thoroughly Modern Research Paper

Chapter 5: Speak to the Living: Real Sources, Real Audiences

Chapter 6: Are You Being Served? What Tech Tools to Use and Why You Should Bother

Chapter 7: (D)RAFT into Unconventional Waters: Deepening Topic Perspectives

Chapter 8: Metaphors Be With You! Organizing Connections and Building Frameworks for Comparison

Chapter 9: The Nitty Gritty: Cite, Write, Review

Chapter 10: Beyond the Paper: Impacting Wider Audiences

Appendix A: Sample Research Project Requirements and Timeline

Appendix B: Sample Research Paper Rubric

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Nanci Werner-Burke is a former middle and high school teacher. She directs the Endless Mountains Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project and is a professor at Mansfield University.

Karin Knaus is in her tenth year of teaching English in a rural public high school in Pennsylvania. She is an EMWP teacher consultant (TC) and has co-directed its Invitational Summer Institute.

Amy Helt DeCamp is a former English teacher and department chair at a public high school in rural Pennsylvania. She is a teacher consultant for the Endless Mountains Writing Project.


"The dreaded research report has been remodeled! Finally, a pathway for helping students hone their research skills and produce cogent essays grounded in evidence. Just what I was looking for as part of my Common Core toolkit."

--Douglas Fisher, Professor of language and literacy education at San Diego State University and author of numerous books on teaching literacy

"In this volume, Werner-Burke, Knaus, and DeCamp offer a unique and innovative perspective on writing 'thoroughly modern research papers.' From the creative to the practical research project requirements, timeline, and rubric, this book provides everything teachers need to inspire their students to question, think deeply, research, and write. Supported by teachers who cultivate passion, curiosity, and original thinking, the students cannot help but be successful."

--Maureen McLaughlin, President, International Reading Association (2013-2014); Professor and Department Chair, Reading Department at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania