Reflection: Complex Tasks Elizabethan Research, Day 2 (Working on the Annotated Bibliography) - Section 1: Research/Evaluate/Document


A few years ago, I started having students work on annotated bibliographies (AB's) in lieu of simply teaching the works cited list.  I guess you could say that the AB is just a works cited list with some notes, but I try to explain to students that the purpose of the AB is to demonstrate the path that your research took, either for the purposes of evaluation (a grade) or so that someone else can replicate your research.

Each year, I choose a couple of AB's and I do just that.  I repeat their process and I check to see if what they say is on the page is actually there.  When I was in school, there was a legend that a teacher in our high school would take research papers to the library to check their references. Now that I am a teacher, I think that's pretty unlikely.  The internet makes it easier, but I am not out to "bust" people as much as I just like to see how they got along.

The annotated bibliography is a nice stepping stone to a research paper.  Tracking your sources with notes is a good habit to have, as well.

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Elizabethan Research, Day 2 (Working on the Annotated Bibliography)

Unit 2: Romeo and Juliet
Lesson 5 of 12

Objective: SWBAT evaluate electronic sources for appropriateness and credibility as they compile their annotated bibliographies

Big Idea: Finding good online sources...well, it's harder than it looks.

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