Throughout the year, you will be talking to your students about various aspects of the research process: choosing a topic, identifying and locating sources, conducting effective search strategies, evaluating sources, and using information responsibly.
In District 117, our students are fortunate to have access to Chromebooks and databases at each school. We want them to know about those resources and we want to instruct them on how to use them to solve information problems. Kellie and I wanted to remind you of two services that are available as you plan your research projects.
Together with lead teachers of freshman core classes—English I, Global Studies, Physics, and Health—we developed an information literacy curriculum. The beauty of this work is that it is usable for all grade levels and content areas.
Here’s a glimpse of what was accomplished:
Now...let’s talk implementation. We know there is a ton of information in this guide and not every resource is needed for a particular assignment. Enter the use of a LibGuide.
#2 - LibGuides
LibGuides is a neat little program that we use to customize a research project according to a teacher’s particular need that both students and teachers will like.
Students will like LibGuides because the link, posted on our website (or yours), allows them access to their project resources anytime, anywhere.
Teachers will like LibGuides because of its versatility. You decide how to organize your content. For example, when creating the Macbeth LibGuide, the Antioch English IV teachers developed tabs (complete with database links) specifically tailored to their four informative essay prompts. Or, check out the Science Cancer Project. They opted to compile the resources students would need for the project.
The Lakes Social Studies teachers took a different approach when creating their Civic Action Project LibGuide. They provided Google links along with tabs for making a Weebly website and public service announcement. Another idea is Kellie’s Banned and Challenged Book guide. Here, students read a book that has been banned or challenged and complete a project—character interview, dialogue journal, group book club, storyboard with captions, soundtrack—demonstrating the knowledge of the book.
As you can see, we can create guides on virtually any topic, subject, course, or process. For more ideas, check out our LibGuide home page. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you find. Then, when you’re ready to create your LibGuide or just want help with a research assignment, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Barb (email@example.com)
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