Introduction to Research Ed Levin Teacher Librarian Downtown Magnets High School Los Angeles, California Spring Semester 2010
The Hero’s Journey A pattern for all the adventure stories that have ever existed
The Hero’s Journey Applied to Inquiry and Research
How about the great adventure Of a successful high school career, where you do well and really learn useful and important things Topped by Being more ready when you get to college than most of your peers are
The Four Essential Skillsfor Academic Success What are the missing KEYS to succeeding in college?
The Four Essential Skillsfor Academic Success • Analyzing a Prompt or Academic Task • Selective and Purpose-Driven Reading • Focused Note-Taking • Integrating Sources into Texts
The Four Essential Skillsfor Academic Success How are we going to • teach • learn and • master these skills?
Tools for mastery • DMHS Style Manual Not available online. You need to have one in hand to participate in this discussion. • DMHS Research Web site (http://dmhs.pbworks.com)
Tool #1 – The Style Manual Let’s look at two parts of it • The Essay • The Table of Contents
Style ManualThe Essay • Describes the process as a Journey, an Adventure, and breaks it into steps • It is a description, and a model, of how to write a documented research paper.
Style Manual Table of Contents • Lessons on how to do each of the steps of the process • We have a Web Site with additional tools for each step
And that Web Site is http://dmhs.pbworks.com
http://dmhs.pbworks.com • Planning • Researching • Writing • Polishing
http://dmhs.pbworks.com PLANNING • Understanding the assignment • Choosing a Topic • Focusing the Topic RESEARCHING • Gathering Source Materials • Finding print, electronic, and other sources • Starting the list of works cited • Evaluating resources • Using Source Materials • Taking notes WRITING • Creating a Thesis • Making an Outline • Writing a First Draft • Incorporating Sources • In-text Citations • Avoiding Plagiarism • Citing Sources POLISHING • Revising Your Work
Link the two tools • One page of the Web Site links the Style Manual and the Web Site • http://dmhs.pbworks.com/DMHS-Style-Manual
Getting started • Becoming masters of research, inquiry, critical thinking, college readiness • So let’s make the Style Manual our own
Making it our own • Name on front cover, inside and out • The Academic Honesty pledge
And where is Research Headquarters? The school library