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Stop the Copying with Wild and Wacky Research Projects


From School Library Journal
This is a fresh and appealing approach to teaching upper elementary and middle school students how to present their research creatively and without plagiarism. Polette's premise is that by changing the way students present their work, they are forced to think about the information they find and assess it critically and independently rather than just regurgitating it. The author uses Ripley's-style "Believe-it-or-not" fact tidbits as a hook and offers unusual and creative presentation formats, such as cinquains, acrostic poems, quizzes, and graphic organizers. Each section is organized around a theme: food, transportation, medicine, crime, presidents, unusual people in history, unexplained events, etc. Each thematic part concludes with a list of literature resources. The bizarre facts that Polette has discovered, and the interesting options she offers for presenting research, are guaranteed to make the SLMS the favorite teacher in the school. Elementary librarians may also want to add her Research without Copying for Primary Grades (Pieces of Learning, Jan. 2008) to their professional collections.—Jane Barrer, PS/IS 111 Adolph S. Ochs School, New York City

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