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Literature Research Guide: Ebersole/Schurtz Reading Olympics Project

Find information about books, authors, criticisms, etc.

Reading Olympics Project Instructions

See columns below for each day's information!

Day 1 To Do: Choose a book!

1. Use the specified resource list on Destiny to find an interesting book for this project.fascinating bontempo

2. Write down the call number.Bontempo with pencil

3. Locate the book and use the skills we discussed to decide if it looks like a book for you.detective Bontempo

4. Use TitlePeek in Destiny to find a book review to back up your decision.peeking Bontempo

5. Close read the book review. Highlight 2 sentences that persuade you to read the book. If you can't find 2 sentences, choose a new book.Bontempo on books

6. Check the book out.Bontempo check

7. Create a project in NoodleTools and make a citation for the book.Bontempo noodles

8. Start reading!Bontempo comfy reading

Reading Olympics Project Resources

Day 2 To Do: Find Author Biographical Info

1. Using the library databases, or the author's website, find 2 articles with biographical information about your author.

2. Close read the articles and compile your notes.

Think about these questions as you read and take notes:

How did the author's life experiences influence his/her purpose for writing - this book or in general?

Is the author's perspective influenced by events in his/her life?

Does the author use personal experience to get his/her point across in the text?

Do events in the author's life contribute to bias or propaganda in the work?

Is character development and outcome influenced by events in the author's own life?

Databases for Biographical Research

Notes template for Day 2

Some things to take note of about your author when researching: (My advice to you): Use these as headings, start with researching these, then work your way back up to the questions in red.

  • Early life
  • Death or current situation
  • Personal details 
  • Date and place of birth 
  • Influences 
  • Other information/miscellaneous information 
  • Awards won
  • Works cited
  • Quote from/or about the author
  • Works written
  • Major life events 
  • Education

Cite your sources!

Easy way to "quick cite" using ISBN number on Noodle Tools:

  1. On the destiny page for your book there should be an ISBN number under "Publication Info", copy the ISBN number
    1. If you cannot find it....
      1. ​Google the title of your book.
        1. Look for a link to the book (either amazon or site where ISBN number is present.
          1. If you are having trouble finding it on amazon, it should be under "product details"
  2. Copy and paste the ISBN number into the section of quick cite on Noodle Tools. 
  3. **Take note of edition of book if there are multiple editions of your selected text.**

 

Day 3 To Do: Find news articles

1. Decide what theme or subject of your book you would like to focus on for this project. Make sure this theme reflects a general attitude or specific situation. For example, do not just choose "love" or "power", but rather think about making your theme into a sentence such as: "Governments can wield their power in unjust ways in order to control people." 

2. Once you have that theme, make a list of some keywords that you can use to create a search for a current news article using the library databases below.

3. Find current news articles about your theme in the library database. Take notes on it and submit it to your teacher by the due date.

Reading Olympics Project Resources