Learn What Works


Confluence of Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening
Answer own questions, solve own problems
Liteacy in action, purposeful, applied
Culture of inquiry

Key points:

  • Must be meaningful work, intrigue, student generated, real problem, topical
  • Choose a topic and develop it– what do you want to know, generate questions, organize questions, write purpose statement
  • Find info–seeking info strategies, locate and access info, extract info, choosing best sources, taking effective notes, citing
  • Evaluate the info–is it trustworth? Is it clear? Does it serve my purpose
  • Organize and synthesize–categorize info, make meaning,
  • Present–change purpose itno a thesis, take into consideration audience, determine best method to present


Wilhelm- Inquiry
Gallagher-Deeper Reading and Write Like This


Research Tip Sheets

See How it Works

Lesson Database

Student examples from “What Kids Can Do”

Do What Works

Iowa AEA Online

Citing Sources