Making the Writing and Research Connection with the I-Search Process: A How-to-Do-It Manual / Edition 2

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VOYA - Susan Allen
This new edition offers an explanation of the I-Search writing and research process for newbies while offering updated processes, information, and new lesson plans for veterans. I-Search uses students' own interests to generate ideas and guide research. Adaptable to projects from primary grades to graduate school, the process begins by encouraging students to find "topics that choose them." From there, strategies are offered to help students build on what they already know, show what they have learned, and learn how to make meaning out of texts that they have found using unique writing logs. Contributors write in the first person, addressing reader feedback, the increase in information resources, and the integration of this process into multidisciplinary lesson plans. Also updated is the chapter on assessment and the guidelines for collaborative planning and teaching between teachers and media specialists. No Child Left Behind standards are also taken into account. The CD that accompanies the volume contains all the figures in the book, plus more than two dozen different tools featuring strategies, outlines, templates, handouts, worksheets, and more. These materials are free for instructors to use or to redesign. The structure and versatility of the I-Search process makes this book important for school librarians and media specialists. The approach aligns with constructivist philosophy and accommodates students' different learning styles. The foreword speaks of the appropriateness of I-Search for teaching students with learning disabilities. The CD of tools available for teacher use and modification is icing on the cake in this keeper for the professional collection.
School Library Journal

Tallman and Joyce's first edition (1997) concentrated on training middle and secondary students to employ I-Search, a research and writing process that challenges learners to have a "stake in the topic" of study. What's new with this edition is the generalization of the process to expand application to learners of all ages, abilities, and personalities across the curriculum; what is unchanged is the assumption that learning is more intimate when students pursue inquiries within their scope of interest. In addition to a revised restatement of the I-Search process, this new volume offers feedback and changes based on reactions from teachers who followed the original. It uses the very evolution of the process and of instructional technologies to engender fresh application of I-Search, and it responds to national standards conceived since the first publication. An accompanying CD-ROM contains downloadable files of all of the figures and charts from the manual that include outlines, handouts, worksheets, and sample student projects. The flexibility of this edition is particularly welcome, as it suggests how to apply the I-Search process to any area of education.
—Jodi KearnsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555705343
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Series: How-To-Do-It Manuals for Librarians Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Making the writing/research connection 3
2 Exploring I-search 15
3 Starting the process 29
4 Narrowing the topic 47
5 Using information 69
6 Presenting the product and assessing the process 83
7 Developing I-search management strategies 101
8 Linking I-search and curriculum content areas 113
9 Connecting I-search to reading 137
A Annotated bibliography : selected references 155
B Sample I-search paper : "what causes asthma deaths"
C Sample I-search paper : "what is ALS?"
D Sample I-search paper : "my I-search journey"
E Sample eighth-grade social studies collaborative planning worksheet
F Sample sixth-grade social studies collaborative planning worksheet
G Sample student assessment rubric
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