I decided to focus on the process rather than a full research paper. This meant scaffolding the pre-search, research, drafting, citing and peer review . The final product will be an anatomy of a paper with a detailed outline.
In order to design this unit I referred to my ELL Writer’s Workshop Pinterest Board. This led me to the Unquiet Librarian posts on scaffolding research and topic choice. Using Jim Burke’s unit design template, I synthesized my sources into a month long unit.
We are spending a lot of time on pre-search. I unashamedly admit that I followed the steps outlined in the post I mentioned. The images and videos embedded in the posts make this so easy for a teacher. The mini lessons included:
choosing a topic
mind mapping topics in order to narrow the choice
generating questions with the help of the Question Lenses
discussing possible sources apart from the obvious Wikipedia and Google
annotating a text