We are very fortunate to have a media specialist librarian who brought her presentation on how to refine searches, use data bases etc. to our classroom.
But before the presentation, I once again took the sound advice of The Unquiet Librarian and tested the students’ “points of need” with a handout that served as a KWL chart.
he first question was “What gives you the most difficulty when doing a research assignment?” They were mostly concerned about the challenge of finding reliable sources, identifying important information as well as time management.
The rest of the handout was for students to take notes on the various topics covered in the presentation. I added a section on confusions and questions. At the end of the lesson, the students completed an exit note card that asked: “What do you know now that you didn’t know before the presentation on how to conduct research?”