Lending a ‘Hand’: Using Lenses to Narrow Essay Focus

 

Quarter 1 has a lot to do with getting your students acquainted with global issues, filling the “blank slate”–so to speak—with those basics that’ll lay the groundwork for deeper research later.

 

While it’s true you simply can’t cover every contemporary and/or controversial issue out there, you do have the Quarter 1 obligation of helping students feel comfortable with (and even excited about!) these issues before they’re expected to write (at length) about them.  After all, a General Paper student’s worst nightmare is not recognizing the wide variety of issues presented on the exam, and an AP Seminar or AICE Global Perspectives student’s worst nightmare is not being able to find a research question in time for through-course deadlines. Therefore, the better we are at teaching them about research range, the better off they’ll be when it comes time to perform.

What better way to open up exploration than getting your hands dirty! Using the ‘Hand’ Approach in your classroom will do two amazing things for your writers:

  1. First, it’ll show them the many ways in which researchers can delve deeply into a research topic;
  2. and second–once they’ve seen such variety–they can use this same approach to narrow and deepen their own research focus.

Once you’ve opened their eyes to the many research avenues worth exploring, students can then use [this tool] to narrow down exactly what it is they wish to investigate.

In brief, the Hand Approach works like this…first it BROADENS their mind, then it NARROWS their focus.  Ya dig?

Interested in reading the FULL BLOG POST?  Head on over to the edPioneer sprawl for a helping ‘hand’ with lesson planning!  

CLICK HERE!

Genuinely,

Jill Pavich

 

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