When students begin to explore topic choices, it is important for them to come up with at least four research questions on various topics they may be interested in. As they begin to explore their first questions, they will most likely discover other topics and subjects they are not familiar with. New questions are asked, and very often these new questions lead to some very interesting projects.
As a teacher, one of the best ways you can assist your students is to schedule field trips to local research libraries. Field trips create excitement and teach valuable research skills. Students feel like real historians! A field trip also allows students a full day to devote to their research without distractions from regular activities. It bonds groups together and most importantly, gives students without access to these resources the opportunities they need to create a strong project. Projects begin to take on a life of their own. As a teacher, you see confidence increase among your students as they become engaged in their subject matter.
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