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!


hollywood slots <a href=

hollywood slots <a href="https://casinoslotsonline.icu/">quick hits free slots</a> pompeii slots <a href="https://casinoslotsonline.icu/">hollywood slots</a> | https://casinoslotsonline.icu/ - slots free https://casinoslotsonline.icu/ - free slot play

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">online cytotec</a> - online cytotec buy cheap misoprostol cytotec - <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">where can i buy cytotec</a> https://cytotec.icu/

winstar casino <a href="https

winstar casino <a href="https://casinoo.ooo/">online casino reviews</a> grand casino hinckley <a href="https://casinoo.ooo/">doubleu casino</a> | https://casinoo.ooo/ - grand casino hinckley https://casinoo.ooo/ - hypercasinos

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">buy cheap cytotec</a> - where to buy cytotec online acog guidelines for cytotec induction, <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">online cytotec</a> https://cytotec.icu/

slots free online <a href=

slots free online <a href="https://playslotsonline.icu/">infinity slots</a> slots lounge <a href="https://playslotsonline.icu/">vegas world free games online slots</a> | https://playslotsonline.icu/ - hollywood casino free slots https://playslotsonline.icu/ - hollywood casino free slots online

hollywood casino <a href=

hollywood casino <a href="https://onlinecasinoo.icu/">slots casino games</a> muckleshoot casino <a href="https://onlinecasinoo.icu/">mgm online casino nj</a> | https://onlinecasinoo.icu/ - winstar world casino https://onlinecasinoo.icu/ - casino slots

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">cytotec induction of labor protocol</a>, how to take cytotec buy cheap cytotec - <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">cytotec online</a> https://cytotec.icu/

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">cytotec pills online</a>, buy cytotec amazon cytotec, <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">buy cheap cytotec</a> https://cytotec.icu/

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">online cytotec</a>, online cytotec cytotec without prescription - <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">cytotec online mail order pharmacies</a> https://cytotec.icu/

free slots online no download

free slots online no download <a href="https://freecasinoslots.icu/">vegas slots online</a> online casino slots no download <a href="https://freecasinoslots.icu/">caesars free slots</a> | https://freecasinoslots.icu/ - free slots vegas world https://freecasinoslots.icu/ - free vegas slots online

vegas free slots online <a

vegas free slots online <a href="https://slotonline.icu/">online slots free</a> goldfish slots <a href="https://slotonline.icu/">free slots games</a> | https://slotonline.icu/ - free slots https://slotonline.icu/ - free slot play

sandia casino <a href="https:

sandia casino <a href="https://onlinecasinoslots.ooo/">turning stone casino</a> mohegan sun online casino <a href="https://onlinecasinoslots.ooo/">huuuge casino</a> | https://onlinecasinoslots.ooo/ - zone online casino games https://onlinecasinoslots.ooo/ - free casino games slot machines

casino real money <a href=

casino real money <a href="https://onlinecasino888.us.org/">winstar world casino</a> lady luck <a href="https://onlinecasino888.us.org/">online casino real money</a> | https://onlinecasino888.us.org/ - casino games slots free https://onlinecasino888.us.org/ - free online casino slots

high five casino slots <a

high five casino slots <a href="https://onlinecasinorealmoney.ooo/">free slots casino games</a> casino bonus <a href="https://onlinecasinorealmoney.ooo/">mgm online casino</a> | https://onlinecasinorealmoney.ooo/ - online casino gambling https://onlinecasinorealmoney.ooo/ - hallmark casino online

foxwoods online casino <a

foxwoods online casino <a href="https://casinorealmoney.ooo/">online casinos</a> muckleshoot casino <a href="https://casinorealmoney.ooo/">free casino games online</a> | https://casinorealmoney.ooo/ - mohegan sun casino https://casinorealmoney.ooo/ - online casino games

mohegan sun online casino <a

mohegan sun online casino <a href="https://casinovegas.ooo/">slots casino games</a> jack online casino <a href="https://casinovegas.ooo/">online casinos</a> | https://casinovegas.ooo/ - pala casino online https://casinovegas.ooo/ - mgm online casino nj

mgm online casino <a href=

mgm online casino <a href="https://realmoneycasino.ooo/">online gambling casino</a> caesars casino online <a href="https://realmoneycasino.ooo/">casinos in iowa</a> | https://realmoneycasino.ooo/ - caesars casino https://realmoneycasino.ooo/ - spirit mountain casino

belterra casino <a href=

belterra casino <a href="https://usacasino.ooo/">gsn casino</a> river spirit casino tulsa <a href="https://usacasino.ooo/">foxwoods casino online</a> | https://usacasino.ooo/ - free online slots https://usacasino.ooo/ - rivers casino schenectady

hollywood slots <a href=

hollywood slots <a href="https://onlinecasinoslots.icu/">heart of vegas free slots</a> liberty slots casino <a href="https://onlinecasinoslots.icu/">casino games slots free</a> | https://onlinecasinoslots.icu/ - hollywood slots https://onlinecasinoslots.icu/ - charlestown races and slots

wheel of fortune slots <a

wheel of fortune slots <a href="https://vegascasinoslots.icu/">wizard of oz slots</a> free slot games online <a href="https://vegascasinoslots.icu/">slot machine games free</a> | https://vegascasinoslots.icu/ - free slots no download https://vegascasinoslots.icu/ - free vegas slots online

pompeii slots <a href="https:

pompeii slots <a href="https://casinoslotsplay.icu/">play slots online</a> slot games <a href="https://casinoslotsplay.icu/">real casino slots</a> | https://casinoslotsplay.icu/ - gold fish casino slots https://casinoslotsplay.icu/ - goldfish slots

pala casino <a href="https:/

pala casino <a href="https://playslots.ooo/">cashman casino</a> bovada blackjack <a href="https://playslots.ooo/">hampton beach casino ballroom</a> | https://playslots.ooo/ - golden nugget online casino https://playslots.ooo/ - casino blackjack

harrah online casino <a href=

harrah online casino <a href="https://casino-bonus.icu/">viejas casino</a> blue chip casino <a href="https://casino-bonus.icu/">hollywood casino online slots</a> | https://casino-bonus.icu/ - usa online casino https://casino-bonus.icu/ - virgin casino online nj

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">buy cytotec amazon</a>, cytotec for miscarriage where can i buy cytotec - <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">buy cytotec</a> https://cytotec.icu/

mobile number tracker with

mobile number tracker with current location <a href="https://phonespy.us.com/">cell phone spying without installing software</a> spy on text messages <a href=" https://phonespy.us.com/">phone call app</a> | https://phonespy.us.com/ - cell phone tracking software free https://phonespy.us.com/ - cell phone tracking software free

online gambling sites <a href

online gambling sites <a href="https://casinorealmoney.icu/">virgin casino online</a> online casino games free <a href="https://casinorealmoney.icu/">casino real money</a> | https://casinorealmoney.icu/ - free vegas slots online casino https://casinorealmoney.icu/ - doubledown casino promo codes

casino games slots free <a

casino games slots free <a href="https://realmoneycasino.icu/">free slots games</a> foxwoods casino <a href="https://realmoneycasino.icu/">free online casino</a> | https://realmoneycasino.icu/ - cafe casino online https://realmoneycasino.icu/ - foxwoods online casino login

casino online slots <a href=

casino online slots <a href="https://onlinecasinoplay24.us.org/">caesars online casino</a> free casino <a href="https://onlinecasinoplay24.us.org/">online casino games</a> | https://onlinecasinoplay24.us.org/ - casino games slots free https://onlinecasinoplay24.us.org/ - bovada casino

jackpot party casino slots <a

jackpot party casino slots <a href="https://vegasslotsonline.icu/">vegas world free games online slots</a> old vegas slots <a href="https://vegasslotsonline.icu/">pch slots</a> | https://vegasslotsonline.icu/ - celebrity slots https://vegasslotsonline.icu/ - free slots online no download no registration

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">buy cytotec</a>, buy cytotec cytotec without prescription, <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">acog guidelines for cytotec induction</a> https://cytotec.icu/

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">side effects of cytotec</a>, cheap cytotec cytotec without prescription, <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">where to buy cytotec online</a> https://cytotec.icu/

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">cytotec without prescription</a>, buy cheap cytotec online cytotec - <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">buy cytotec amazon</a> https://cytotec.icu/

casino games free online <a

casino games free online <a href="https://trstonlinecasino.com/">doubledown casino</a> online casino bonus <a href="https://trstonlinecasino.com/">zone online casino games</a> | https://trstonlinecasino.com/ - best online casino https://trstonlinecasino.com/ - zone online casino

empire city casino online <a

empire city casino online <a href="https://vegascasino.icu/">chumba casino</a> free casino games no download <a href="https://vegascasino.icu/">posh casino online</a> | https://vegascasino.icu/ - choctaw casino https://vegascasino.icu/ - dakota sioux casino

clearwater casino <a href=

clearwater casino <a href="https://playcasinoslots.ooo/">bovada casino</a> free online casino games <a href="https://playcasinoslots.ooo/">online gambling</a> | https://playcasinoslots.ooo/ - seneca allegany casino https://playcasinoslots.ooo/ - pala casino online

casino bonus codes <a href=

casino bonus codes <a href="https://onlinecasinoslotsmaxx.com/">free casino games vegas world</a> free slots games <a href="https://onlinecasinoslotsmaxx.com/">free casino games</a> | https://onlinecasinoslotsmaxx.com/ - casino online slots https://onlinecasinoslotsmaxx.com/ - casino blackjack

ignition casino <a href=

ignition casino <a href="https://freeonlineslots.ooo/">best online casino</a> morongo casino <a href="https://freeonlineslots.ooo/">posh casino online</a> | https://freeonlineslots.ooo/ - slotomania slot machines https://freeonlineslots.ooo/ - firekeepers casino

slots games <a href="https:/

slots games <a href="https://freeslots24.icu/">house of fun slots</a> vegas free slots online <a href="https://freeslots24.icu/">slots for free</a> | https://freeslots24.icu/ - pop slots casino https://freeslots24.icu/ - vegas world slots

free casino games no download

free casino games no download <a href="https://onlinecasino2018.us.org/">free casino slot games</a> virgin online casino <a href="https://onlinecasino2018.us.org/">free casino games</a> | https://onlinecasino2018.us.org/ - free online slots https://onlinecasino2018.us.org/ - casino slots

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">buy cytotec online fast delivery</a>, cytotec pills buy online where can i buy cytotec - <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">cytotec without a doctors prescription</a> https://cytotec.icu/

dakota sioux casino <a href=

dakota sioux casino <a href="https://onlinecasinox.icu/">riverwind casino</a> posh casino <a href="https://onlinecasinox.icu/">online casinos</a> | https://onlinecasinox.icu/ - free casino games slotomania https://onlinecasinox.icu/ - fortune bay casino

free slot games online <a

free slot games online <a href="https://slotsrealmoney.icu/">free slot games with no download</a> free slot games <a href="https://slotsrealmoney.icu/">online slots free</a> | https://slotsrealmoney.icu/ - play free slots for fun https://slotsrealmoney.icu/ - brian christopher slots

igt free slots <a href="https

igt free slots <a href="https://realmoneyslots.icu/">slots for free</a> free penny slots online <a href="https://realmoneyslots.icu/">free games for casino slots hollywood</a> | https://realmoneyslots.icu/ - free online slots no download https://realmoneyslots.icu/ - charlestown races and slots

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">payday loans direct lender</a> - same day loans quick cash advance online - <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">quick cash advance online</a> https://cytotec.icu/

chumash casino <a href="https

chumash casino <a href="https://slotsonline.ooo/">betfair casino online nj</a> golden nugget online casino <a href="https://slotsonline.ooo/">best online casinos</a> | https://slotsonline.ooo/ - best online casino https://slotsonline.ooo/ - bovada casino

hollywood casino <a href=

hollywood casino <a href="https://onlinecasinoplay.us.org/">online casino</a> free casino games <a href="https://onlinecasinoplay.us.org/">casino games free online</a> | https://onlinecasinoplay.us.org/ - gsn casino https://onlinecasinoplay.us.org/ - doubledown casino

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">buy cheap cytotec</a> - cytotec for miscarriage cytotec, <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">cytotec pills online</a> https://cytotec.icu/

free slots games online <a

free slots games online <a href="https://slotgames.icu/">free vegas slots</a> hollywood casino free slot play <a href="https://slotgames.icu/">slots of vegas</a> | https://slotgames.icu/ - hearts of vegas free slots https://slotgames.icu/ - online slot games

red rock casino <a href=

red rock casino <a href="https://slotsgames.ooo/">hollywood online casino</a> vegas world casino games <a href="https://slotsgames.ooo/">choctaw casino</a> | https://slotsgames.ooo/ - real casino https://slotsgames.ooo/ - lady luck online casino

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu

<a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">quick cash advance online</a>, loans direct payday loans direct lender, <a href=" https://cytotec.icu/ ">loans online</a> https://cytotec.icu/