Ideas for Using Shelves
- Publish a shelf of required books and a shelf of recommended books for your class
- Publish a shelf that corresponds to a physical shelf of books in your classroom or school library
- Deep Skimming: each student is assigned one book from the shelf to browse for one hour and report to the class
- Assign students to make a shelf of useful books they found on their topic.
- Assign students to make a shelf of books on their topic with annotations on their quality and usefulness for their project.
- Assign students to make a shelf of books referenced or cited in an assigned book, with annotations about how they’re used or referenced by the author.
Ideas for Assigned Shelf Searches
- Find the best definition or explanation of a term
- Find and compare three uses of a vocabulary word
- Find three interesting historical details behind a historical event
- Find and compare three references to an object or artifact
- See these sample shelf searches
Ideas for Open Shelf Searches
- Answer a series of assigned questions by searching and browsing this shelf.
- Report three insights you learned from searching and browsing this shelf for your topic, and how you found them.
- Find and analyze conflicting opinions or accounts about this topic or event.
- Find three quotations of historical figures by searching and browsing this shelf.
- Find three examples of dialogue that is used to tell a story or illustrate an idea.
- See more sample searches
- See an example assignment