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Included in this zip file is a Power Point Presentation that outlines how to do a search on their author- uses the example of searching for information on David Bowie to illustrate different searching strategies.It also includes an Outline document that outlines the assignment itself and provides a thorough outline for students to complete once they have their information. The last document it includes is Notes Sheets. It is a packet they can use to gather their information on their author's childhood, personal life, and literary life.
I used this assignment with seventh graders and they did a wonderful job and the outline and note sheets helped them learn how to organize their information. This was for a speech, but it could easily be modified to be assigned as an essay. I also had students present some form of visual aid with their speech. Many used slide presentations, others brought in a book by the author they chose.
I gave them two days to work on their research, then two days to work on their outlines. It took about three days to do presentations.
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