Thursday, January 23, 2020

What High School Juniors Want to Know

Cross-posted from the New Canaan High School Library blog.

As juniors continue working on the first of the two major research papers they will complete this year, we provide feedback as they reach the following checkpoints:
  • Research questions
  • Works cited lists
  • Thesis statements
This research paper, which is assigned in English, uses The Great Gatsby's examination of social class, equity, and The American Dream as a launchpad for research. Students choose their own topics for research. We classified our juniors' research questions into 11 broad categories:
  • Civil/Equal rights/Discrimination/Social justice
  • Cultural messaging
  • Education
  • Family
  • Law enforcement/Military/National security
  • Mental/Physical Health/Wellness
  • Politics
  • Prosperity/Business
  • Science
  • Social pathology
  • Technology
The chart below shows how many students gravitated to each topic. 


As one reviews the above classifications, it is surprisingly easy to let ones' personal viewpoints influence expectations about the subcategories that could nest under each parent classification. Go ahead. Give it a try.
... pause

Our juniors are independent thinkers who are grappling with current issues in their own way. They are bringing their experiences, interests, and ideas to their understanding of, and predictions about the world they will inhabit as adults.

We compiled all 138 research questions we have seen so far into word clouds, which are images composed of research questions in which the size of each word indicates its frequency of use.



This deep dive into our junior's curiosity provides us with ideal collection development information. We are building a research pathfinder to help our learners access seminal work on their topics in a variety of formats.
  • articles
  • books
  • radio or podcasts
  • video
and also ideas and people that/who are getting a lot of traction in the media.

The pathfinder is a work in progress. This exercise will guide our next additions and revisions. For example, our book recommendations need to be reorganized. We have the right books, but our classifications do not consistently align with students' research questions. For example, we placed books on race relations under civil rights, but student research questions in that category focused on women's rights. Students who chose to examine race did so through the lens of either education, law enforcement, or prosperity.

Student work informs our practice. Co-teaching with our colleagues empowers us to improve our collection, our instruction, and ultimately student achievement. We are very fortunately to teach in such a collaborative learning community. Have a wonderful holiday. 

30 comments:

  1. Wow! this is Amazing! Do you know your hidden name meaning ? Click here to find your hidden name meaning

    ReplyDelete
  2. Take Online Assignment Help if you don't want to write your assignments or you really do not have any time. We at fullassignment.com provides the best Management Assignment. We offer 100% plagiarism free, on-time delivery. We have best experts for you can take help for <a href="https://www.fullassignment.com/Risk-Management-Assignment> Risk Management Assignment </a>.
    Website: https://fullassignment.com/
    WhatsApp : +1-6692714848

    ReplyDelete
  3. The advantage of Online Assignment Help is an adroit choice when it ends up being hard in managing the assignment in school. Our Assignment help online service helps the students in staying at the top of the class with the help of online assignments. We have a pool of authorities in writing the assignment for every educational assignment.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Generally, we find it hard to perform research for any activity. Some scholars don’t find dissertation writing interesting as they feel inactive for collecting information. For them, the best solution is to hire experts and place an order for Dissertation Help services. You can collect valuable information for your dissertation using the assistance of professionals. If you are looking for a reliable service provider, you must explore our dissertation writing services.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Use Assignment Help Malaysia organizations if you don't find anything to shape your insightful paper or homework. From time to time, you can't zero in on your examinations taking into account being busy with various activities and find hard to make your task. Along these lines, take the online assistance of masters and find some more hands for drafting the records. Right when you don't find sufficient time for managing the different activities of task forming, by then you need to make the right other option. This is the best choice to finish your papers with no weight.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is excellent information. It is amazing and wonderful to visit your site. Thanks for sharing this information, this is useful to me...

    SEO Course: Learn Advanced SEOLearn Advanced SEO with On-page, Link building, Google Webmaster with Live Project from 10+ Yrs Expert Trainer.

    Best Online Digital Marketing Courses in Bangalore, India
    Best Digital Marketing Institute in Bangalore

    ReplyDelete
  7. That's a beautiful post. I can't wait to utilize the resources you've shared with us. Do share more such informative posts. For more information regarding SEO CourseSEO and Digital Marketing CourseVisit eMarket Education in Bangalore

    ReplyDelete
  8. Company Law Assignment Help is the same. It is a legal education of the set of operations and formations of the company. It additionally deals with the company standards and encourages the company to manage its assets at the time they are eliminated in the liquidation process.

    ReplyDelete
  9. SAMBUCUS ELDERBERRY GUMMIES | 3-in-1 Immune SUPPORT:Give your immune system a boost with vegan Sambucus Elderberry gummies. These immune support gummies are deliciously sweet and packed with vitamins and antioxidants Vitamin C & Zinc.

    Source: Sambucus elderberry gummies

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for sharing this unique content. Our Roadrunner email support is a customer care helpline number that is offered by one of the world's best Technical services providers in the USA. To read more about our Roadrunner Email support visit our webpage. And if you are looking forward to marketing your website through Search engine optimization then visit our SEO Service company, we will give you desired traffic and leads for your business.

    ReplyDelete
  11. LiveWebTutors provides reliable Homework help services in USA at affordable rates. Order Now and get get the plagiarism-free work within the deadlines.

    https://www.livewebtutors.com/usa/homework-help

    ReplyDelete
  12. You have written a well-narrated blog and contain essential information. We have the same kind of services, and if you are looking for online assignment help. We are here to help you out; you can connect with us through chat or email or visit our assignment help website. We are providing assignment in all subjects for the school, college and university student. We are the best in quality, and our content is unique. We always provide content before that deadline to get the chance to review the assignment before submission.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Really nice and informative blog, keep it up. Thanks for sharing and I have some suggestions.
    if you want to learn Mobile App Development(android, iOS), Join Now Mobile App Training in Bangalore.
    Visit a Website:- Android Training in Bangalore | AchieversIT
    This may help you to find something useful

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thank you for your blog , it was usefull and informative "AchieversIT is the best Training institute for react js training. react training in bangalore "

    ReplyDelete
  15. Work is fantastic. Thank you very much for sharing this useful blog with us. My problem has been solved.

    1000 Social BookMarking Sites List
    Free social bookmarkeing sites list

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you for your blog , it was usefull and informative "AchieversIT is the best Training institute for digital marketing training. digital marketing in bangalore "

    ReplyDelete
  17. This is a great post.I am going to write on this topic based on your writing.
    Would you please come to my blog and give me some advice? We look forward to your feedback
    gk quiz
    amazon quiz
    current affairs quiz
    general knowledge quiz
    english stories
    bedtime stories
    short stories
    short english stories
    short bedtime stories
    english bedtime stories
    short bedtime english stories

    ReplyDelete
  18. Fantasy Power 11: play Online Carrom Game application at the android phones to earn real money. It is a really awesome game.

    ReplyDelete