Writing Research and I-Search Papers

10 Ways to use NYTimes.com for Research
Practical suggestions for using a great resource. Be sure to have your students look at #10, a collection of articles related to plagiarism.

A+ Research and Writing for High School and College Students
An outstanding step-by-step guide from the Internet Public Library.

The Art of Paraphrasing
This activity is designed to assist 10th grade students in learning how to paraphrase from primary and secondary sources. It focuses on using multiple stimuli for writing, promoting individuality and creativity in self-expression, and building both confidence and competence in listening and writing critically. Emphasis is placed on the development of writer’s voice and style.

Avoiding Plagiarism
Links for teaching students about plagiarism and how to paraphrase, quote, and cite correctly.

Basic Steps in the Research Process
This site helps students through the research process. At each step students can click for additional information.

Big 6: An Information Problem-Solving Process
This approach "integrates information search and use skills along with technology tools in a systematic process to find, use, apply, and evaluate information to specific needs and tasks" (from the site). Be sure to click on "lessons" for practical applications.

Citation
Links to online citation tools.

Digital Story Writing: Cultural Myths
You are a folklorist observing the lives and cultures of different people. You want to tell the world about their culture, beliefs, and values. You and a group of other folklorists will research the lives of a an ethnic group, create a digital story about their lives, and present it to all the folklorists at the "Who are They?" convention. This activity is designed for high school.

Examining Effective Openers and Closures in Writings
Students will listen to a reading of Dr. Seuss' and Jack Prelutsky's Hooray for Difendoofer Day! Students will then work cooperatively to edit one another's rough drafts of analytical essay, focusing on openers and closures. This lesson is designed for high school.

I-Search Paper from Teachers.net
A teacher's letter to parents explains the process of an I-search project.

The I-Search Unit
This site divides the project into 4 phases, explains each one, and offers examples. This is a good site for beginners and veterans alike.

Inspiring Research Questions with Library of Congress Primary Sources
This blog presents an approach to developing good research questions.

Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research
In this very extensive unit, students explore nonfiction texts to research answers to their questions. This lesson is designed for grades K-2.

The Living Words: Examining the Evolution of Language by Documenting Unique Words in One's Own Culture
"Students share thoughts about the cultural nuances inherent in different languages. They then document words and phrases unique to their own generation, region and culture. Learning is synthesized by updating a 16th century English text into contemporary American-English."

The Moon
This research project integrates science and literacy as it addresses Common Core standards for grade 1. Includes printable "Word Wizards" stars. 13 pages; Adobe Reader required.

Putting a Face to the Numbers: Revealing First-Hand Accounts of Historical Genocide
From the New York Times: "In this lesson, students learn about how hearing about experiences of genocide can make an impact on students. Then, students create a text on the history of genocide, using first-hand accounts and other primary sources as the focus of the text."

Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources
This resource shows students how to quote and paraphrase without plagiarizing.

A Research Guide for Students
This collection of links offers suggestions for everything from choosing a topic to conducting research, avoiding plagiarism, incorporating quotations, and citing correctly.

Researching the Argument
High school students develop research skills by investigating a case being heard by the Supreme Court.

Stories of the Wrights' Flight
Students compare firsthand accounts of the Wright brothers' first flights on December 17, 1903, and then compare these to a secondary source, a newspaper story that appeared the next day. Designed for grades 3-8.

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities: Integrating Technology into an I-Search Unit
An overview and timeline of the process, a case study, and suggestions for integrating technology. Designed for middle school.

Unsolved Mysteries
This WebQuest is designed to introduce students to the research process.

Writing a Research Paper using APA Style Guidelines (6th Edition)
This short video discusses point of view, voice, and language that avoids bias. The video runs 3:36 and includes captioning.