I recently had the opportunity to review Christopher Lehman’s book, Energize Research Reading and Writing: Fresh Strategies that Spark Interest, Develop Independence, and Meet Key Common Core Standards, Grades 4-8 for MiddleWeb.  

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It was an interesting process to review the book for two reasons:

1. It gave me the inspiration to think anew about how I teach research skills in my classroom, just as I was working on a journalism project with students that involves authentic research. Many of Lehman’s ideas sparked my interest and altered my thinking about the research and writing my students did in this unit.

2. It pushed me to articulate an area where the pedagogy and presentation of ideas was a bit of a mismatch with my own teaching philosophy. This was also a learning experience.

Check out the review and the book! How can we push these ideas even further?

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