The San Domenico Middle School Humanities Department discussed methods for standardizing the way students learn to do research, write, and cite sources in their research papers. Our department assigns the bulk of these types of projects so we took the lead in creating a guidebook both students and teachers could use as an easy reference for all of their research assignments.
We decided to make our guide available as an e-Book on the iPad -- easy to access and impossible to lose!
I used iBooks Author as the app and created the guide on my laptop. Students download the e-Book from a link to the file stored in Box. On their iPad students simply select the file and click "open in iBooks" to properly display the book.
The Research and Non-Fiction Writing Guide includes chapters on works cited, in-text citations, making an outline, working with notes, formal writing conventions, and many other pertinent topics.
The guide is based on MLA standards and navigation is easy on the student-friendly pages.
Our students find the research guide quite useful and are very enthusiastic about applying it in their work. It's so rewarding to give them something that is both relevant and helpful.
Our hope is that other teachers will find this e-Book equally useful for their own student papers, projects, and other assignments. Take a look at our guide by going here.
San Domenico Middle School
History Teacher, Humanities Lead Teacher, Study Skills Coordinator