Module 8. Researching your E-Book

This module will guide you in researching material and collecting resources for inclusion in your children's e-book.

Consider

What information and resources will you need to write your e-book?

Search

Using a variety of search engines, do a keyword search for your topic. After you have found sources, take note of where you obtained the information so that you can properly cite the sources. Using the following template, provide the necessary information. You are going to focus on the content and identify important text features to adapt and include in your e-book. It is important at the outset to determine what information and resources you will need to write your book and to be mindful of copyright. Since your goal is to create an open e-book that you can share with others, you cannot apply all of the same fair use standards for inclusion of materials that you might apply in your classroom, and so, you will generally need to seek out open resources for inclusion in your e-book (i.e. public domain or copyleft) and keep track of attribution and other requirements necessary for legally including these materials in your e-book. Attribution is not necessary for materials in the public domain.

For further guidance on searching and attribution, use the following resources:

Understanding Text Features

What are text features (the necessary items (graphics, text, headings, images) in a text to help you understand what you are reading).

Example

Hover on an element to reveal the text feature's name.

Like other birds, Whippoorwills have
  • Beaks
  • Wings
  • Skeleton
  • Feathers
  • Feet
  • Legs

You can see the different parts of many birds.

Record

What are text features often found in informational texts?

Make a copy of this checklist, and use it to document resources that you find that you will adapt to your e-book.

Checklist of Text Features

Remember: Copyright applies to all media. Using a resource in your e-book that you do not have permission for may be illegal.

Summarize

Create a new Google Doc. In this document, use the information you have researched to do the following:

  1. Answer: What is your topic?
  2. Answer: Why is this important to understand for your specific student population?
  3. Write a paragraph where you identify key details of your topic.

Collect

Ensure that you have at least 3-4 visuals (e.g., images, graphics, diagrams, photographs) identified and cited.

Once you have done this, make a copy of the Visual Collection Table template to prepare the visuals for your e-book.

Visual Collection Table

Verify

Make a copy of the Final Checklist and use it to verify that you have all of the essential components for your e-book before proceeding.

Final Checklist