I plan to review bibliography so if they are researching, they won’t forget to get the information they need for their bibliography. It has helped students in the past; otherwise they get to the end and have forgotten where their information came from. I give them a worksheet to keep track of the information in the correct order.
Most of the students have chosen within about eight different topics. They seem to be pretty passionate about their topic as I discuss it with them. I find as I talk with them and have their three arguments written down that they have a good idea of the direction they are headed and what they are looking for in their research. A few still are confused but I should be able to help them.
I’m excited to see how much better this paper goes than the last research paper we did. It was in conjunction with the Science Fair Project. It was our first try since we did it many years ago and we had some kinks to work out, but it should run smoother next year.
I must really go back to working on setting up my smart board for tomorrow. I’ll try to include a small picture of my basic outline plan I showed them today so if they get their notes around that they can begin to think about their paper. We had reviewed their planning ideas such as mapping/webbing, listing, and/or using a flow chart. Then follow a basic outline.
So far I haven't been able to load the small picture from my smart board, but I'll keep trying! :)