This is a resource designed to help teachers to encourage independent research skills for more able students. It makes suggestions for basic, intermediate and advanced usage plus cross curricular ideas. There are templates for the students - advanced and basic.
Research topics can be done in class, with books, in libraries, in rooms with computers or tablets. Some topics would make an ideal cover lesson. Research could be published in a school newsletter, the school website or blog or in student publication magazines and blogs.
Duration: Depends on the age and ability of the students. For youngest students it could be for a week’s homework. As students get older the tasks could be set for half a semester, even a whole semester, could be linked with a science fair, STEM activity, open evening, assembly or business or commerce event.