Module Four: Organizing and Presenting Ideas

  • Keeping a research learning log
    Consider having students keep a research learning log in a 60-70 page spiral. Students record their research questions, write their reflective journal entries, record citation information for each source on top of the first page of notes from that source. The first draft of the I-Search paper can be written in the spiral as well. Just think! No more lost note cards! View the table of contents to my students' research logs:

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  • Writing an I-Search paper
    The handout below is the one that I gave my English 3 students to guide them in writing their culminating paper:
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  • Planning and creating a multi-media presentation that conveys a distinct point of view, appeals to a specific audience, and synthesizes information from multiple points of view and research sources. Having students work in groups to create a multi-media product provides opportunities for collaboration and an authentic means for considering the research question from multiple perspectives. Challenge students to reflect on what knowledge has most impressed them through their research, what they care enough to teach others. Whereas the I-Search paper teaches them how to write academically, these projects allow students to use their own voice and perspective to communicate information. Possible products include a news magazine video, a website, and a multi-media slideshow.
    View and/or download the handouts for each of the products mentioned above. (Located on the Handouts page) The class could also create an anthology of editorials, feature stores, My Turn articles, or a series of This I Believe podcast episodes.

  • Evaluating student work throughout the research process