Reading: Literacy Workshop
Independent Work: Collecting Research and Choosing Topic (updated 1-2019)
Information literacy topics covered
- Determining the best sources
- Searching strategies for information
- Evaluating sources
- Using technology tools
Discuss objective: To narrow down 2 issues to a single issue, develop thesis statement from that issue, and find articles relevant to the topic in SIRS, ABC-CLIO Issues, ResearchIT CT.
1. Follow the instructions in the paper form “Step 2 -- Topic and Thesis Statement” to:
- Narrow down your 2 social issues to a single issue from SIRS.
- Read the essential question and summary from SIRS.
- Identify the essential question
- Identify important terms and vocabulary.
- Identify the people affected by the issue.
- Choose a specific essential question about the issue, or develop your own.
- Take a position, and rewrite your essential question in statement form, to create a thesis statement.
- Develop a thesis statement--Fill in form: Topic and Thesis Statement.
2. Search for articles
- Apply the searching techniques you have learned to find articles or sites on your topic.
- Find and print 3 or more articles relevant to topic in SIRS, ABC-CLIO Issues, ResearchIT CT.
- Only ONE article should be just opinion. The rest should be reporting or primary source.
- Search our databases:
- ResearchIT CT
- Google (we will talk more about open web resources later)
3. Read and save your articles
- Skim the article to see if it is relevant to your topic.
- Save it to Google Drive.
- Think about information you are missing.
- Search for another article.
- Identify gaps in your information to look for additional articles or sites.
- Use your new knowledge to fine narrow down your topic if needed.