Guided Research in Middle School
Mystery in the Media Center, 2nd Edition
by LaDawna Harrington
September 2011, 119pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Linworth

Paperback: 978-1-59884-860-1
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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Middle school is a crucial time in the development of problem-solving, critical-thinking, and organizational abilities. Students are struggling to find their place, even as they try to disconnect from authority figures. Still, they can be engaged by linking the development of the skills they need to an activity they enjoy—in this case, to creative fun, imaginative role-playing, and the chance to solve a real-life mystery.

A little imagination, a little drama, a little mystery. Using the guided inquiry model in this updated, second edition, students become detectives at Information Headquarters. They solve a mystery and enhance their problem-solving and literacy skills.

Guided Research in Middle School: Mystery in the Media Center, Second Edition provides step-by-step guidance for students ages 10–14 that will help them learn to make inferences and explore ideas. The first section of this book describes lessons, strategies, information standards, and materials necessary to teach the lessons. The second portion is a student casebook, designed to guide students through the research process, while encouraging them to ask questions, be observant, and get actively involved.

Updates in this second edition include details about guided inquiry and guidance on promoting self-assessment by embedding reflection into the research process. This is done through guided reflection logs that help students focus on their information problem-solving skills. Strategic reading strategies will help students engage more deeply with text. Each lesson is accompanied by the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner to be implemented for that lesson. Modifications for differentiated instruction and flexibility for individualized instruction are also provided.


  • Step-by-step lessons with all supporting materials, such as templates, standards, handouts, worksheets, and pre- and post-assessments for tracking student progress
  • Collaborative planning exemplars
  • A reproducible Detective Casebook for student use
  • A promotion certificate
  • Original illustrations
  • A list of recommended reading
LaDawna Harrington is a high school librarian at Millburn High School, Millburn, NJ, and a part-time lecturer in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Harrington is the recipient of the Outstanding Media Specialist Award for exemplary leadership in school library media service.


"Guided Research in Middle School: Mystery in the Media Center is not only highly recommended as a Middle School curriculum supplement, but would also prove to be ideal for use by home schooling parents." —Midwest Book Review, November 1, 2011
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