We are starting our journey to a research paper with what I like to call a 'Research Conversation.'
Students take notes on documentaries, use the classroom Chromebooks for directed research on the topic, and use collaborative groups to compare notes and sources to create their own take on the subject-in this case Edgar Allan Poe. Since Poe was a writer, the information will include summaries of his work we discussed in class, including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado'" and, of course, "The Raven."
Here is a sample outline for an informal paper on a famous person created from 'Research Conversations.'
- Early Life
- Writer's assessment of the famous person's life