Collaborative Library Research Projects: Inquiry that Stimulates the Senses

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Libraries Unlimited, 2008 - Education - 196 pages
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One of the most important roles of today's Library Media Specialist is collaborating with teachers to design instruction. Out of his many years of experience in collaborating with teachers in a large public high school, the author describes this collaboration process and presents lessons in various disciplines to spark student inquiry. These reproducible lessons are immediately usable and will serve as prototypes for developing other lessons.

Research tells us that students learn in a variety of ways (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, etc.); one of the purposes of the book is to use the learning station approach to provide opportunities for students to learn via listening, viewing, reading, and touching. Grades 7-12.

One of the most important roles of today's Library Media Specialist is collaborating with teachers to design instruction. Out of his many years of experience in collaborating with teachers in a large public high school, the author offers this book to describe this collaboration process and presents lessons in various disciplines that can be used to spark student inquiry. These reproducible lessons are immediately usable and will serve as prototypes for developing other lessons.

Research tells us that students learn in a variety of ways (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, etc.); one of the purposes of the book is to use the learning station approach to provide opportunities for students to learn via listening, viewing, reading, and touching. Students also learn best when they can interact with the material and each other, and are stimulated by the activities. Therefore, the units contain a variety of learning methods such as listening to music and oral history, using computers for research and interaction, watching videos, reading books, and discussing articles with classmates. There are also a variety of suggested end products using different media. Grades 7-12.

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Setting up stations in the library where teens do mini-projects that add up in some way to investigate a broad topic has had some popularity for some teacher librarians. It is one way of controlling ... Read full review

Contents

Collaborating with Teachers to Promote Student Research
1
World War II Station Unit
5
Holocaust Stations 35
47
To Kill a Mockingbird Stations
53
Animal Farm Stations
71
Shakespeare Stations
85
How to Develop and Implement Collaborative Research Units
99
Drugs Alcohol and Smoking Research
103
Evil Characters in History Research Paper
107
Edgar Allan Poe Poster and Report
111
Children of The River Poster and Report
117
Constellations and the Zodiac Poster and Report 137
165
Credits
195
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About the author (2008)

John D. Volkman has been the Library Media Teacher at Reedley High School in California since 2002. He received his MA in Library Science from San Jose State University in 1976 and has been a Library Media Teacher at Fresno area high schools since then. His first book was Cruising Through Research, Library Skills for Young Adults (Libraries Unlimited, 1998).

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