Asking Strong Research Questions Using Primary Sources

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by Tom Bober

Compelling primary sources often have a bit of mystery and wonder about them. That makes them a perfect tool for middle and high school students developing their own research questions. In this webinar, Tom Bober—primary source expert, teacher librarian, and inspiring presenter—walks us through three concrete strategies that we can apply with students to help them improve their questioning while integrating compelling primary sources.

Along the way, he also addresses:

  • Why should students ask their own research questions, anyway?
  • The keys to picking a compelling primary source (hint: it’s about balance)
  • How to frame a primary source effectively for students
  • The benefits of collective research projects
  • The instructional flow that will increase the sophistication of student questioning

Tom’s approach is interactive and relatable, so grab a colleague, a cup of tea, and settle in for some active learning.

Download Webinar Handout

About the Speaker

Tom Bober is a school librarian, 2018 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress, and author of the book Elementary Educator’s Guide to Primary Sources: Strategies for Teaching. He is a Digital Public Library of America Community Rep, a member of the Teachers Advisory Board for the National Portrait Gallery, and a co-chair of the Education Advisory Committee of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Tom writes about student learning on AASL’s Knowledge Quest blog and in publications such as School Library Connection and American Libraries, and he has given workshops and spoken across the country. His foundation is built on over twenty years in public education, with six years as an elementary classroom teacher, seven years as a building and district instructional technology specialist, and over eight years in school libraries. Find him at https://tombober.com/ and on Twitter @CaptainLibrary.

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