Teaching Resources

7 Keys to Research for Writing Success: A Conversation with Mary Jo Fresch and David L. Harrison (and a giveaway!)

 //  Jan 25, 2018

7 Keys to Research for Writing Success: A Conversation with Mary Jo Fresch and David L. Harrison (and a giveaway!)

Mary Jo Fresch and David L. Harrison are co-authors of 7 Keys to Research for Writing Success. They join edu@scholastic to share a conversation about their process for conceiving of and writing the book, as well as why it's so important for educators to understand how to talk about research.


We are giving five readers the chance to win a copy of 7 Keys to Research for Writing Success. To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below telling us about the most successful research project you've done with students in your class. One entry per person. All entries must be submitted by 5:59 p.m. ET on February 9, 2018. U.S. residents, 18 and over, please. See the complete legal rules here.

We would like to share our writing journey with you for our latest Scholastic book, 7 Keys to Research for Writing Success. As a literacy expert and educator (Mary Jo) and children’s book author (David), we have collaborated for several years, and knew that we could grow this work into a resource that will help educators teach students how to get ready to write. And as writers, both of us know from lots of trial and error that in order to craft something powerful, you have to be prepared. It was in this idea of preparation that we saw an important opportunity. 

We had conversations about writing (and teaching writing) with many writers, editors and teachers, and decided that our book didn’t need to be about the writing process. There are excellent titles about the process but there is not much information about what writers need to do before they are ready to write. Preparing to write—doing the presearch and research about a subject—shapes what we say and how we say it when the time comes to do the writing. Presearch is what writers do to prepare for the real digging for information (research). It’s the time when we think about the task ahead, decide what we’ll need to know, and map out how we’ll go about the process. In other words, presearch is planning for research. When young writers learn to organize their thoughts and questions, as well as the knowledge they bring to a subject, they have a solid foundation on which to tell a compelling story or craft an iron-clad argument. 

We also knew that “doing research” is a skill that needs to be taught in a practical way. It’s not enough to say, “look at books,” or “enlist the librarian.” Students need guidance on how to do these things with purpose: to select a topic, ask the right questions, consult reliable resources (as author Dan Brown says, “Google is not a synonym for research”), take good notes, and prepare to write. When students have these skills, they become independent researchers, which is an important part of the writing process. 

We wrote 7 Keys to Research for Writing Success with help from experienced teachers who provided samples of their students’ work, and David dug into his own research notes for examples to share with students. He shared stories (all in the book!) about how important good research is to his writing. 

David offered this example in particular:

“A key element in a middle grade novel I was developing involved a scientist and his son driving across the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to spend a summer researching. When I personally traveled from Missouri to Arizona to see for myself the place I was describing, I learned that driving across that desert was actually not allowed. With this knowledge, I had to adjust: my adventurers had to settle for staying at a campsite! (And I had to make sure that any further plot points reflected the change.)”

Sharing stories like this with students drives home the point that unless we prepare before we start, our writing may have holes or inconsistencies that we don’t even know about! Our writing won’t be true and our readers will be cheated.

The teachers we worked with appreciated the step-by-step, efficient way they could teach good research skills to their students. By presearching a proposed topic, students discover if their idea is too big or too narrow. This saves time later on and helps keep students from being overwhelmed (by too much information) or disappointed (by too little). By putting a laser focus on their topics, students could choose more specific key words, saving time in the search and yielding better results. From there students can get really engaged in their topic. Suddenly, they will realize that research is the same for them as it is for published authors. We believe that if you do the (pre)work, you will wow your reader with a piece full of interesting and relevant facts and details. 

We open the book with an anonymous quote that we will use to close this blog post: “The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke it, question it and turn it inside out.”

We wish happy research adventures to you and your students!


comment3, aralen france,

comment3, aralen france, 568490, chloroquine vente, :-P, chloroquine en ligne, ibti, commander chloroquine, >:-]]], commander aralen, gtudhv, chloroquine acheter, =-]], prix aralen, thej, achat chloroquine, 1617, acheter chloroquine, 92783, acheter chloroquine, 0544, commander aralen, :-P, achat aralen, %(,

comment2, aralen acheter,

comment2, aralen acheter, 5632, chloroquine acheter, :[, commander chloroquine, zqyxb, acheter chloroquine, gayn, prix aralen, niugu, acheter chloroquine, xygxha, aralen en ligne, 8-(, pas cher chloroquine, 4469, avis chloroquine, rhvn, avis chloroquine, =-PP, avis aralen, =), achat aralen en ligne, :D,

comment5, vente aralen,

comment5, vente aralen, lhgqn, achat chloroquine, =((, avis chloroquine, =], chloroquine achat, 65034, vente aralen, pqqj, achat chloroquine, %-P, prix aralen, :D, chloroquine achat, 099, vente chloroquine en ligne, fmozx, chloroquine acheter, okthd, aralen france, >:D, acheter aralen en ligne, 331173,

comment6, vente aralen en

comment6, vente aralen en ligne, qnwne, chloroquine vente, 673241, pas cher chloroquine, >:]], commander chloroquine, =-))), aralen france, oghh, avis chloroquine, 1647, generique aralen, 185, chloroquine france, zlwxyi, vente chloroquine, 3927, generique chloroquine, 2868, achat aralen en ligne, bthpg, aralen en ligne, 01680,

comment4, achat aralen en

comment4, achat aralen en ligne, 53068, commander aralen, 8OOO, achat aralen en ligne, :-]], aralen acheter, 6262,

comment4, aralen acheter,

comment4, aralen acheter, dkere, aralen vente, %-((, aralen achat, >:DDD, prix aralen, 448,

comment3, commander aralen,

comment3, commander aralen, 8P, acheter aralen france, >:-PPP, commander aralen, 973, prix aralen, %PP,

comment2, aralen en ligne,

comment2, aralen en ligne, eijv, acheter aralen, %)), acheter aralen, braxy, achat aralen, 3223,

comment2, achat aralen, %PP,

comment2, achat aralen, %PP, aralen achat, qek, pas cher aralen, =-P, commander aralen, 540915,

comment2, acheter aralen

comment2, acheter aralen france, jrxt, vente aralen, 63931, acheter aralen france, 05586, vente aralen, 2164,

comment2, acheter aralen en

comment2, acheter aralen en ligne, zhhaum, vente aralen en ligne, 014644, avis aralen, 8-[, achat aralen, 8]],

comment5, prix aralen, wyr,

comment5, prix aralen, wyr, acheter aralen france, sedg, commander aralen, jyft, aralen en ligne, 024,

comment3, aralen france,

comment3, aralen france, lcwaq, prix aralen, =-[, acheter aralen france, 673, vente aralen, 0440,

comment1, achat aralen en

comment1, achat aralen en ligne, 209212, avis chloroquine, iuzpno, aralen en ligne, 45957, vente aralen en ligne, nen, vente chloroquine en ligne, syc, pas cher aralen, >:]],

comment2, acheter chloroquine

comment2, acheter chloroquine france, 646764, vente chloroquine, :DDD, acheter aralen france, lfyw, commander aralen, 619, achat chloroquine en ligne, 625522, chloroquine en ligne, =)), acheter chloroquine france, tdjem, aralen achat, =P, avis chloroquine, %[[, acheter aralen, 7147, commander chloroquine, =OO, aralen en ligne, mhlj,

comment4, aralen acheter, =]

comment4, aralen acheter, =]], prix chloroquine, 841, vente aralen en ligne, 6343, aralen france, 799949, prix chloroquine, %-PPP, pas cher aralen, 521,

comment3, achat chloroquine,

comment3, achat chloroquine, aigcsf, vente chloroquine, 4361, pas cher aralen, iszned, vente chloroquine en ligne, 8P, acheter chloroquine en ligne, =]], acheter chloroquine en ligne, javrd,

comment2, prix chloroquine,

comment2, prix chloroquine, fdm, vente chloroquine, 8-]]], commander aralen, %)), aralen vente, >:DDD, chloroquine en ligne, gcfdop, chloroquine vente, vszlx, achat chloroquine, 46607, pas cher aralen, :-]], vente chloroquine en ligne, uhhqnn, vente aralen en ligne, >:-]]], achat chloroquine en ligne, >:-OOO, achat aralen, 182097,

comment3, acheter aralen,

comment3, acheter aralen, bnmr, pas cher chloroquine, 649523, chloroquine achat, 877, avis chloroquine, 9338, acheter aralen, yejrj, avis chloroquine, 613, achat aralen, 0398, chloroquine achat, adoj, chloroquine achat, axbsnk, chloroquine en ligne, >:[[[, aralen acheter, xnrury, vente aralen en ligne, blq,

comment3, acheter aralen

comment3, acheter aralen france, tjj, prix chloroquine, 75305, chloroquine achat, tnkuu, commander chloroquine, >:-(((, vente aralen, rrmlk, acheter chloroquine, 881, avis aralen, %-DD, achat chloroquine, 346200, prix chloroquine, %-(((, chloroquine acheter, 29870, vente aralen en ligne, >:-[, aralen achat, :-PPP,

comment1, acheter aralen en

comment1, acheter aralen en ligne, nitl, chloroquine france, 813, pas cher chloroquine, iunzyu, vente chloroquine, 15430, vente aralen en ligne, gmx, avis chloroquine, :-P, acheter aralen, :-PP, vente chloroquine, %-PPP, chloroquine france, 2486, prix chloroquine, 353, achat aralen en ligne, pkgnkm, vente aralen, %(,

comment6, acheter aralen en

comment6, acheter aralen en ligne, 028280, avis chloroquine, =-]], acheter chloroquine france, %-[[, chloroquine vente, jum, vente aralen en ligne, 9433, vente chloroquine, >:-PPP, aralen vente, ltxdac, acheter chloroquine france, dxw, achat chloroquine, >:OOO, acheter chloroquine france, glebsb, aralen achat, nklmkn, aralen france, xxk,

comment6, aralen vente,

comment6, aralen vente, 753336, aralen en ligne, grkcz, aralen vente, 964222, acheter aralen france, >:D,

comment4, achat aralen,

comment4, achat aralen, 30777, commander chloroquine, =-DD, chloroquine acheter, 8-[, vente chloroquine, :-O, prix aralen, izrw, vente chloroquine en ligne, :-PPP, vente aralen, :DDD, generique chloroquine, 68949, vente chloroquine, stobpk, acheter chloroquine, vbhwz, acheter aralen, tcxdb, pas cher aralen, >:-))),

comment4, vente aralen, :DD,

comment4, vente aralen, :DD, chloroquine france, xth, prix chloroquine, >:]]], chloroquine vente, =[[[, vente aralen en ligne, 946, acheter chloroquine, 252259, acheter aralen en ligne, bme, achat chloroquine en ligne, 118660, chloroquine france, 8-], acheter chloroquine france, 22359, acheter aralen en ligne, 049, vente aralen en ligne, 999,

comment3, vente aralen, %)))

comment3, vente aralen, %))), commander chloroquine, >:-DDD, chloroquine achat, ytylw, vente chloroquine en ligne, 215, aralen france, 8O, vente chloroquine, =-[[[, acheter aralen en ligne, yfv, acheter chloroquine en ligne, xvb, acheter chloroquine, %]], chloroquine vente, 439, aralen acheter, >:-P, generique aralen, 8(,

comment2, commander aralen,

comment2, commander aralen, 687902, achat chloroquine en ligne, 161434, generique chloroquine, mptdzr, acheter chloroquine en ligne, 390331, pas cher aralen, 71684, chloroquine en ligne, :-OO, commander aralen, wzvx, generique chloroquine, 796, achat chloroquine, axv, chloroquine achat, 668980, acheter aralen france, 8-PP, aralen vente, 686,

comment2, pas cher aralen, :

comment2, pas cher aralen, :))), vente aralen en ligne, skxcsb, aralen achat, %DD, prix aralen, %-OO,

comment2, acheter aralen

comment2, acheter aralen france, 8-((, aralen en ligne, 9349, pas cher aralen, pgxpbi, avis aralen, %[[[,

comment2, vente aralen en

comment2, vente aralen en ligne, 76846, achat aralen, 682, aralen en ligne, 291079, pas cher aralen, 220552,

comment2, vente aralen en

comment2, vente aralen en ligne, 572, acheter aralen, %-))), aralen acheter, 105, vente aralen en ligne, ipr,

comment2, acheter chloroquine

comment2, acheter chloroquine en ligne, iskn, chloroquine acheter, 743252, commander aralen, %), vente aralen, >:[[, acheter chloroquine en ligne, 49425, chloroquine acheter, ffaww, avis chloroquine, 8-OO, achat aralen en ligne, 21202, chloroquine achat, 4197, aralen achat, >:DDD, achat chloroquine, :PP, aralen en ligne, 0567,

comment6, prix chloroquine,

comment6, prix chloroquine, shqsel, vente chloroquine, xha, achat aralen en ligne, >:-DD, generique aralen, 363, chloroquine france, 8((, commander chloroquine, 359058, achat chloroquine, pqxt, avis aralen, :DDD, achat chloroquine en ligne, fmgm, achat aralen en ligne, 074, vente chloroquine en ligne, 29824, aralen vente, igzxfr,

comment3, chloroquine france,

comment3, chloroquine france, =DDD, acheter chloroquine france, evpcm, aralen france, 209134, aralen acheter, lekqt, prix chloroquine, %PPP, pas cher chloroquine, wlbk, achat chloroquine en ligne, 70224, acheter aralen, 8]], achat chloroquine en ligne, 749, aralen acheter, qnyw, commander chloroquine, hsjlae, avis aralen, ekttet,

comment4, generique aralen,

comment4, generique aralen, >:-[[[, pas cher chloroquine, loqm, acheter chloroquine france, 306119, commander chloroquine, :]]], acheter aralen france, =-)), chloroquine achat, 6490, acheter aralen france, :))), chloroquine en ligne, >:(((, chloroquine france, 098, acheter chloroquine france, >:]]], aralen france, 054, acheter aralen en ligne, 16941,

comment2, aralen vente, >:

comment2, aralen vente, >:-DDD, prix chloroquine, 26299, vente chloroquine en ligne, mqgguy, commander chloroquine, dvjacn, avis aralen, 1368, avis chloroquine, lvw, vente aralen, 576731, chloroquine acheter, 9164, chloroquine acheter, =-]], achat chloroquine, 0088, acheter aralen en ligne, qnqycm, acheter aralen en ligne, 715724,

comment3, achat aralen,

comment3, achat aralen, kgivuh, vente chloroquine en ligne, dme, pas cher chloroquine, 147498, prix chloroquine, ufo, aralen en ligne, 2057, chloroquine en ligne, 999063, acheter aralen en ligne, 36073, chloroquine vente, 8-[[, achat chloroquine en ligne, ibzkct, avis chloroquine, :PP, avis aralen, 314412, aralen vente, jlowue,

comment3, cost chloroquine,

comment3, cost chloroquine, 883210, cost aralen, gsxal, purchase aralen, 8[[[, online chloroquine, :-D, commander aralen, 256, acheter chloroquine en ligne, %-]]], prix chloroquine, 924, prix chloroquine, 11227, avis chloroquine, 2923, generique chloroquine, 4778, commander chloroquine, :DDD, generique chloroquine, %-DD,

comment6, commander aralen,

comment6, commander aralen, >:D, commander chloroquine, 8-))), achat chloroquine, :-((, chloroquine acheter, nrfb, aralen acheter, 8]]], chloroquine vente, 06918, generique aralen, 597, chloroquine vente, 918, achat chloroquine, 2149, achat chloroquine en ligne, 56709, generique aralen, 41831, vente aralen en ligne, %P,

comment3, vente aralen en

comment3, vente aralen en ligne, vps, avis chloroquine, 419147, avis chloroquine, 050, chloroquine vente, jzzmln, aralen acheter, jvaekn, acheter chloroquine france, 4515, aralen acheter, 0203, commander chloroquine, 017804, pas cher chloroquine, 96292, commander chloroquine, qofp, generique aralen, 24044, aralen vente, =-DDD,

comment1, generique aralen,

comment1, generique aralen, =((, achat chloroquine en ligne, 249, avis chloroquine, >:-)), chloroquine vente, =-((, prix aralen, xjsj, vente chloroquine en ligne, 0034, vente aralen en ligne, 60608, acheter chloroquine france, 8-OOO, acheter chloroquine france, 888476, generique chloroquine, mit, aralen acheter, :-(, achat aralen, 048640,

comment6, aralen en ligne,

comment6, aralen en ligne, 790, aralen en ligne, :-))), acheter aralen en ligne, %-)), prix aralen, %P,

comment4, price chloroquine,

comment4, price chloroquine, :P, price aralen, 663905, price aralen, 39405, cost chloroquine, %-]], achat aralen en ligne, %-OO, chloroquine france, hmyz, vente chloroquine en ligne, >:)), acheter chloroquine, >:-O, avis chloroquine, 166, pas cher chloroquine, gzsn, chloroquine vente, 50310, achat chloroquine, fasu,

comment4, aralen en ligne,

comment4, aralen en ligne, 29640, vente aralen en ligne, >:P, acheter aralen en ligne, 706, aralen acheter, knin,

comment6, aralen acheter,

comment6, aralen acheter, hbrw, generique aralen, 8]]], generique aralen, 60345, vente aralen en ligne, 103228,

comment3, pas cher aralen,

comment3, pas cher aralen, geowvm, aralen acheter, 867, aralen achat, 227394, achat aralen, xwwcmc,

comment2, acheter aralen

comment2, acheter aralen france, =[[[, aralen achat, 215, aralen achat, 61955, aralen en ligne, 219,

comment5, commander

comment5, commander chloroquine, hoq, acheter chloroquine france, 173691, pas cher aralen, idlp, acheter chloroquine, =]]], avis chloroquine, 226, vente chloroquine en ligne, 42160,

comment1, achat aralen, 862,

comment1, achat aralen, 862, chloroquine france, 876528, pas cher aralen, yab, achat aralen en ligne, rgal, achat chloroquine, :-OO, generique aralen, %-),