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Think Like a Researcher: Instruction Resources: #1 Think Like a Researcher!

Teaching Research And Information Literacy (TRAIL) Curriculum Resources for Writing 10

TRAIL - Teaching Research and Information Literacy

Think Like a Researcher!


Course Learning Outcome:  Demonstrate information literacy and be able to work with evidence

Goal:  Develop students’ critical thinking skills related to research and information

Specifically, students will be able to

  • Consider both sides of an issue
  • Distinguish opinion from fact/evidence
  • Approach research with a question and an open mind
  • Look for a problem that underlies a research question

Lesson Plan: Think Like a Researcher

  • compliments discussion
  • fact vs. opinion discussion
  • TED Talk: Jack Andraka Video with pre and post questions for discussion

TED Talk: Student Researcher


Research Journal

Personal & Academic Research (connects to reading)

Think about research you’ve done for a major purchase, life decision (like where to go to college), or personal problem.

  • Describe the process you used to find the information you needed.
  • Now think about academic research you may have done for an assignment in high school or college. How was your process for academic research different than for personal research?
  • How do you decide what information to trust when doing any type of research?
    Do you enjoy research? Why or why not?