1. Where do you get started with your research?
2. Do you use online sources for your research or print?
3. If you use online sources, are there specific sites that you prefer that are more reliable than others?
4. Do you find information that you use in your books anywhere else? interviews, museums, etc.
5. How much time do you spend researching one book?
6. Do you research before you begin or do you work through the process as you write your books?7. Is there anything else about your research that we need to know?
I heard back from Steve Jenkins, Ben Hillman, and Loreen Leedy almost immediately! Ben Hillman answered my answers in great detail, Steve Jenkins told me he was thinking about posting some information to answer my questions on his site, and Loreen Leedy sent me a link to an amazing blog! The blog, called INK: Interesting Nonfiction for Kids, has several nonfiction authors who blog about their craft, research process, fact gathering, and detective work! BINGO! On the right hand of the blog page, the information is divided into topics and there are 58 entries under "research." I have a lot to read!
I'd also like to look into having a few authors that will videoconference with our kids and tell more about their research process. I'm still trying to formulate some options for the kids to think about with their writing after they learn about the mentors and their research process. I want to give the kids a lot of choice with the topic they'd like to research, but I also want to formulate a rubric at the same time with some defined expectations. I'm open to any suggestions! Post a comment if you have any ideas...