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STAR Search: How Do I Find the Book I Need?

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STAR Search: How Do I Find the Book I Need?

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time 30 minutes
Lesson Author

Janie Schomberg

Janie Schomberg

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


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Kristina Svenkeson

November 28, 2010

I thought that STAR would be an acronym for this great process, but I didn't see this anywhere, so I made one up to help the students and I remember:
S - Subject Headings in Search Ladder - narrow to broad or broad to narrow
T - Take call number and go to shelf - use section signs and knowledge, shelf/area labels, and spine labels to locate resources.
A - Actively analyze resources - look at table of contents, index, scan text and text features
R - Right Resources for me? - Is this text at a level that I can read and understand? Does it give me information that I need? Do I have a variety of sources (more books, encyclopedias, internet sites)?


Lisa Fink, RWT Staff

March 08, 2010

Thanks for the suggestion to add a template - we did just that!


Dorothy Harwood

March 01, 2010

In trying to develop a research curriculum for sour school, I came across this STAR search lesson. It mentions a 'search ladder' to be used to refine a topic and find key words for searching, yet does not give an example or template. Do you have a 'search ladder' format to share?


Dorothy Harwood



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