Find it!
Note it!
Use it!
Presented by Leading Literacy Teachers
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Aims
• To consider progression in using research skills
• To explore the skills of note taking from texts
• To share practical ideas to support pupils in gathering information
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Research Skills
Five inter-related components
• Determining existing knowledge and specific area for
research
• Sourcing and evaluating reference material
• Using alphabetically ordered materials
• Locating the information within the identified page or
screen
• Note-making
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Progression in Research Skills
• See pages 1 – 3
• Highlight progression through identified components
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Find it!
Activity
Use the question hand to focus research and gather
information
Who was mummified?
What else was mummified?
When were people mummified?
Where did mummification take place?
Why did mummification take place?
How did mummification take place?
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Graphic Organisers
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KWL grid
Quad grid
Spider diagrams
Pyramid diagrams
Sue Palmer skeletons
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Find it!
• Use the question hand to devise research questions about ….
• Use the texts to find answers to your questions
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Techniques to navigate texts
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Skimming
Scanning
Close reading
Key words
Headings and subheadings
Contents and indexes
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Jigsaw
You are sitting in your home group. Your group task is to
produce a poster about life in Victorian times.
First you must carry out some research! You need to join an
expert group.
1 Homes
2 Clothing
3 Food
4 The Railways
5 Schools
Now move sensibly to your expert groups!
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Expert Groups
• Read your text.
• As a group, agree on three
important pieces of information
to include in the poster.
• Move back to your home
groups.
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Home Groups
• Take it in turns to
feedback your important
points.
• Remember to
demonstrate effective
speaking and listening.
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Note it!
Reasons for taking notes:
• Focuses attention
• Encourages the reader to make sense of the
text
• Encourages the reader to begin reflecting
upon the ideas in the text
• Acts as a brief aide-memoire.
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Note it!
Note taking may include:
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Close reading/listening
Making sense of the original text
Determining what is relevant
Identifying relationships between ideas
Transforming the language of the original into a form
which is meaningful to the reader
• Abbreviating language to produce a concise summary
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Note it!
What sort of problems do pupils often encounter
when making notes?
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Note it!
Problems might include:
• Lack of purpose
• Pupil not monitoring their own reading
• Lack of ownership
• Over dependence upon the language of the original
• Failure to use an effective note taking strategy
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Note it!
Activity - Draw a Story
Purpose: to make pictorial notes to support the retelling of a story.
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Fold your paper into 8
Number each box
Listen carefully to the whole story
Listen carefully as the story is read a section at a time
After each section, you will be given 1 minute to draw the key elements
of that part of the story.
Cut along the folds to make pictorial prompt cards
Use the cards to help you retell the story.
Extension – on the reverse of each card, make a bulleted list of the
items you have drawn. Use these key words, instead of the
pictures, to support your retelling.
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Note it!
Supporting note taking
• Physically limit the space available to record notes
• Provide grids to give research activities a purpose
• Provide constructive feedback for pupils
• Encourage pupils to gradually move towards their own
preferred note taking forms – textual, visual,
diagrammatic
• Show pupils how to use presentational devices such as
headings, sub headings, layout, and size of writing.
These can be used to emphasise the relationship and
significance of notes.
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KWL
• What do you know about…?
PIRATES!
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KWL
• What do you want to know
about…?
PIRATES!
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KWL
• What have you learnt about…?
PIRATES!
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Use it!
• Grouping information
• Shared writing – modelling converting
notes into prose
- paragraphing
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Literacy Outcomes
Outcomes should be imaginative, varied and as ‘real’ as
possible.
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F ormat
L anguage
A udience
P urpose
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Resources
Please see list of
useful resources to
support the
teaching of
research skills
(participants’ pack)
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Home time!
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