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!


comment1, acheter chloroquine

comment1, acheter chloroquine en ligne, ffpq, prix chloroquine, :PPP, pas cher chloroquine, %-P, commander chloroquine, syqlil, commander chloroquine, 104, prix chloroquine, >:-]]],

comment4, acheter chloroquine

comment4, acheter chloroquine, cctn, chloroquine vente, 382, avis chloroquine, alrhp, chloroquine en ligne, dfw, avis chloroquine, 8(, chloroquine france, 8858,

comment3, acheter estrace,

comment3, acheter estrace, 553, levitra professional en ligne, >:-(, achat female viagra, bqrhs, vente kamagra, =PPP, commander cenforce, 8-[[, achat viagra professional, emiwz, acheter kamagra jelly france, jynni, stromectol france, %-OOO, acheter cialis black en ligne, coufa, acheter cialis professional en ligne, 10532, acheter levitra en ligne, 316, commander brand cialis, 8-OO, acheter provigil france, :],

comment1, vente accutane,

comment1, vente accutane, 9486, commander viagra professional, jnjw, achat cialis professional, 221, pas cher cialis super active, iautk, acheter brand viagra, %-), vente viagra super active, frqw, prix ventolin, ydzsbe, sildalis en ligne, =-OO, acheter priligy en ligne, srece, pas cher synthroid, unpsvc, achat orlistat, 15991, prix valtrex, 159, pas cher ventolin, 70394,

comment6, achat estrace, 8

comment6, achat estrace, 8-OO, acheter levitra professional, =-DD, commander female viagra, >:DD, vente kamagra, :))), cenforce france, =)), acheter viagra professional en ligne, ixhl, kamagra jelly en ligne, >:-D, vente stromectol, 8634, pas cher cialis black, =-]]], acheter cialis professional, iobzg, acheter levitra france, spluyy, pas cher brand cialis, 8PP, provigil en ligne, 937,

comment5, valtrex en ligne,

comment5, valtrex en ligne, 700, prix aralen, fvrw, acheter kamagra, wsriq, stromectol france, wpbnf, commander sildalis, >:)), acheter viagra professional en ligne, tlsle, pas cher doxycycline, etx, avis cenforce, dfnot, ventolin france, 7883, vente brand levitra, =-OOO, accutane france, gel, vente cialis black, gzl, amoxil en ligne, 36846,

comment4, vente brand levitra

comment4, vente brand levitra, oqc, commander lovegra, xnuis, acheter estrace, =-DDD, pas cher kamagra jelly, 608175, commander stromectol, =[, propecia france, >:-], pas cher augmentin, 596, pas cher accutane, zqu, pas cher prednisolone, pubxwr, pas cher super kamagra, wfzgsm, acheter cialis super active en ligne, 3426, vente synthroid, %), acheter priligy en ligne, %-OO,

comment2, vente synthroid,

comment2, vente synthroid, 94340, viagra super active en ligne, 842651, avis priligy, :DD, achat zyban, 554502, pas cher valtrex, =P, prix baclofen, %), ventolin en ligne, 18962, avis glucophage, 39553, vente amoxil, pvizvf, orlistat france, xtnfgi, acheter kamagra effervescent en ligne, 4425, brand viagra en ligne, 380, lioresal en ligne, :-DD,

comment2, acheter accutane,

comment2, acheter accutane, rixpgj, viagra professional france, =-(((, achat cialis professional, :OOO, pas cher cialis super active, 588048, commander brand viagra, 302, viagra super active france, 8918, achat ventolin, 47696, acheter sildalis en ligne, abtbn, acheter priligy, mqw, acheter synthroid en ligne, :-[, acheter orlistat france, 468234, acheter valtrex en ligne, =]]], acheter ventolin, =O,

comment1, commander

comment1, commander chloroquine, %((, acheter chloroquine, zerhy, acheter chloroquine france, worto, vente chloroquine en ligne, czkeoi, chloroquine achat, jtz, acheter chloroquine france, %-]],

comment4, chloroquine en

comment4, chloroquine en ligne, :DDD, avis chloroquine, 036, acheter chloroquine en ligne, %-DD, achat chloroquine, wthayy, chloroquine en ligne, 056959, achat chloroquine, hvvbkv,

comment6, acheter chloroquine

comment6, acheter chloroquine, fsz, generique chloroquine, %-)), avis chloroquine, 466427, achat chloroquine en ligne, 8138, achat chloroquine en ligne, >:-(((, acheter chloroquine, >:)),

comment6, prix chloroquine,

comment6, prix chloroquine, dewf, chloroquine en ligne, :-]]], vente chloroquine, bgrkbs, acheter chloroquine, 45062, prix chloroquine, mvf, achat chloroquine en ligne, 862104,

comment6, acheter chloroquine

comment6, acheter chloroquine, =DD, pas cher chloroquine, 01709, acheter chloroquine, 8-[, acheter chloroquine en ligne, =], chloroquine acheter, uou, achat chloroquine, 0076,

comment2, acheter chloroquine

comment2, acheter chloroquine france, 442, acheter chloroquine france, 945, achat chloroquine en ligne, fxshp, chloroquine france, %)), achat chloroquine en ligne, fnma, chloroquine france, hzht,

comment1, acheter

comment1, acheter prednisolone en ligne, 8-)), commander super kamagra, =DDD, acheter stromectol france, 52859, avis zyban, jct, augmentin en ligne, sjtxf, commander baclofen, %)), achat lioresal, =-DDD, kamagra effervescent france, 7304, avis apcalis sx, ypcre, cialis soft en ligne, =[[[, vente aralen, hxb, acheter provigil france, 1961, vente lasix, =-[[,

comment4, pas cher lasix,

comment4, pas cher lasix, 499010, vente levitra professional, 238, acheter augmentin, 187, pas cher baclofen, %]]], vente brand levitra, ttnjg, acheter kamagra effervescent france, =-)), acheter zyban, :-[[, acheter amoxil en ligne, 440, acheter priligy france, 920528, pas cher prednisolone, %-OO, commander sildalis, 3474, cialis super active en ligne, =], vente glucophage, 6653,

comment5, acheter cialis

comment5, acheter cialis professional, ljdhhj, acheter cialis soft en ligne, 8[[, glucophage france, 09565, brand viagra en ligne, 28556, acheter levitra professional, 8)), acheter doxycycline france, pwvoz, achat sildalis, %-DD, acheter amoxil, 32825, acheter kamagra effervescent en ligne, >:PP, avis viagra professional, %OO, acheter female viagra, 767018, prix zyban, %-O, acheter clomid, swu,

comment6, pas cher brand

comment6, pas cher brand levitra, kdwtw, lovegra en ligne, 652, prix estrace, wnxbhf, acheter kamagra jelly en ligne, cztu, achat stromectol, uksu, acheter propecia, 026192, vente augmentin, hmqyzo, acheter accutane france, 149, prednisolone en ligne, ljjdq, super kamagra france, 146, acheter cialis super active france, 1729, prix synthroid, 812, prix priligy, 53101,

comment4, kamagra jelly

comment4, kamagra jelly france, ucr, pas cher viagra professional, >:-], zyvox france, 8OOO, acheter female viagra, =[[[, vente clomid, 9049, prix estrace, 30570, achat levitra, 8-[[[, vente brand cialis, 2728, acheter super kamagra en ligne, 791140, acheter propecia france, 54799, vente brand viagra, lnqw, commander doxycycline, mrfixk, provigil en ligne, %)),

comment3, acheter estrace en

comment3, acheter estrace en ligne, sse, avis lovegra, 15460, pas cher cialis professional, eisf, achat prednisolone, nsgeln, lioresal en ligne, 681, zyban france, 235502, achat stromectol, 932, avis female viagra, 5443, avis brand cialis, kvtwnn, avis cialis super active, 335, commander kamagra, 189, acheter clomid, 8-)), acheter apcalis sx, faa,

comment5, estrace en ligne,

comment5, estrace en ligne, 537, lovegra france, lyypu, acheter cialis professional, raukhj, vente prednisolone, 8O, acheter lioresal, :-P, acheter zyban france, 717711, pas cher stromectol, >:-(((, acheter female viagra en ligne, lcyrjg, vente brand cialis, 935986, acheter cialis super active france, 7821, achat kamagra, vqpm, prix clomid, mxyufc, prix apcalis sx, >:-OO,

comment4, estrace france,

comment4, estrace france, 6750, avis lovegra, 8[, prix cialis professional, 488, pas cher prednisolone, nuflbl, lioresal en ligne, :OOO, acheter zyban france, 8-PP, avis stromectol, 441, avis female viagra, :DDD, commander brand cialis, =-(((, achat cialis super active, >:PP, commander kamagra, 637, acheter clomid, nmelr, acheter apcalis sx france, =-),

comment3, chloroquine acheter

comment3, chloroquine acheter, 1443, avis chloroquine, 007288, prix chloroquine, xvnt, acheter chloroquine en ligne, gux, prix chloroquine, :]], vente chloroquine en ligne, >:-(((,

comment6, commander baclofen,

comment6, commander baclofen, uyd, acheter provigil en ligne, %-OO, pas cher levitra, 8], lioresal france, 8(((, acheter aralen en ligne, 839258, pas cher brand cialis, 8-OO, acheter zyvox, mklxa, prix lasix, owfr, avis apcalis sx, ypslrh, acheter viagra soft, 02388, pas cher valtrex, lke, kamagra france, 816410, cialis black en ligne, %PPP,

comment5, acheter chloroquine

comment5, acheter chloroquine, bncwwy, chloroquine france, 940306, chloroquine en ligne, 9005, chloroquine acheter, :-), prix chloroquine, 4755, chloroquine france, uitq,

comment2, vente cialis

comment2, vente cialis professional, %-D, acheter cialis soft, fjb, achat glucophage, 337, avis brand viagra, jmyrdh, acheter levitra professional en ligne, 02154, acheter doxycycline, 8-[[[, acheter sildalis, 8((, amoxil en ligne, 708, kamagra effervescent france, psmva, acheter viagra professional france, sqqfik, vente female viagra, vgx, achat zyban, =((, pas cher clomid, :-(((,

comment6, vente chloroquine,

comment6, vente chloroquine, zas, chloroquine france, %DDD, generique chloroquine, hzykl, achat chloroquine en ligne, jvqgr, generique chloroquine, 7159, acheter chloroquine france, >:-P,

comment3, prix chloroquine,

comment3, prix chloroquine, 6540, chloroquine acheter, %-), chloroquine vente, >:-]], acheter chloroquine france, 09833, achat chloroquine, 77379, prix chloroquine, gum,

comment3, acheter chloroquine

comment3, acheter chloroquine, 577, pas cher chloroquine, 212, achat chloroquine, 828798, pas cher chloroquine, 8724, pas cher chloroquine, >:-DDD, chloroquine en ligne, qpfyu,

comment6, acheter baclofen

comment6, acheter baclofen france, vwwfvp, commander provigil, >:-O, acheter levitra, 1203, prix lioresal, ckxgbe, acheter aralen france, 44268, avis brand cialis, %OOO, acheter zyvox, 7396, avis lasix, 915, prix apcalis sx, =PP, prix viagra soft, 288, pas cher valtrex, 109, achat kamagra, 65754, prix cialis black, lrg,

comment6, achat brand levitra

comment6, achat brand levitra, amosl, commander lovegra, >:-))), vente estrace, qnykhe, kamagra jelly en ligne, :-], acheter stromectol france, =-OO, acheter propecia en ligne, fcda, acheter augmentin, cvlhk, avis accutane, 59506, prednisolone en ligne, 17679, vente super kamagra, :[[[, acheter cialis super active en ligne, 40286, commander synthroid, %-], priligy en ligne, =-]]],

comment1, acheter synthroid

comment1, acheter synthroid france, wob, vente viagra super active, :-O, acheter priligy, >:-P, prix zyban, fqz, pas cher valtrex, =-PP, achat baclofen, :-OOO, acheter ventolin en ligne, 8705, pas cher glucophage, =-DD, acheter amoxil en ligne, agsrnf, orlistat en ligne, 7894, acheter kamagra effervescent france, 499, brand viagra en ligne, >:-], lioresal en ligne, akhv,

comment6, prix estrace, afy,

comment6, prix estrace, afy, pas cher lovegra, 4971, acheter cialis professional en ligne, sxqcrb, achat prednisolone, koei, vente lioresal, >:DD, achat zyban, 001, pas cher stromectol, 8725, acheter female viagra france, 862380, brand cialis en ligne, 8[[[, commander cialis super active, 661502, commander kamagra, 811483, avis clomid, 03320, apcalis sx france, 72764,

comment3, prix brand levitra,

comment3, prix brand levitra, 070, vente lovegra, 1751, pas cher estrace, yjwmtd, acheter kamagra jelly france, vwywks, vente stromectol, =((, vente propecia, 6458, augmentin en ligne, ixfyct, acheter accutane en ligne, 2270, avis prednisolone, 425, prix super kamagra, :-), pas cher cialis super active, %-OOO, pas cher synthroid, 8-]]], avis priligy, :-DD,

comment1, estrace en ligne,

comment1, estrace en ligne, %(, acheter levitra professional en ligne, %D, prix female viagra, 176946, pas cher kamagra, 135673, achat cenforce, :-PPP, acheter viagra professional france, dyz, commander kamagra jelly, 63614, vente stromectol, ebk, pas cher cialis black, >:(, prix cialis professional, 872643, levitra en ligne, 934029, achat brand cialis, =[[, acheter provigil en ligne, 48443,

comment6, avis estrace,

comment6, avis estrace, bbqhrq, levitra professional france, =-OO, prix female viagra, 773161, acheter kamagra, 209560, commander cenforce, %OOO, avis viagra professional, :PP, acheter kamagra jelly france, 8-]]], prix stromectol, =[, avis cialis black, hva, cialis professional en ligne, yynekj, acheter levitra france, 8PPP, acheter brand cialis, 73220, commander provigil, 536,

comment3, prix orlistat,

comment3, prix orlistat, nppazo, acheter viagra super active, 871070, acheter cenforce france, ozfj, acheter viagra soft france, nactr, pas cher clomid, 8-OOO, prix augmentin, 183, commander cialis soft, 7614, commander sildalis, 8-[[[, acheter prednisolone, 8], cialis super active france, 357, achat accutane, 212, super kamagra france, 626863, acheter brand levitra en ligne, bzwkw,

comment4, chloroquine france,

comment4, chloroquine france, 42807, chloroquine france, inwe, chloroquine france, >:))), acheter chloroquine france, ltruj, pas cher chloroquine, :-[, commander chloroquine, =-),

comment3, acheter brand

comment3, acheter brand levitra en ligne, 090, achat lovegra, 976216, vente estrace, vsyjij, vente kamagra jelly, >:-P, pas cher stromectol, swj, propecia france, :]], acheter augmentin en ligne, :OO, pas cher accutane, 0751, prix prednisolone, sxnyh, acheter super kamagra, ejxwg, acheter cialis super active france, %-P, synthroid en ligne, aobsw, avis priligy, 52805,

comment5, vente chloroquine,

comment5, vente chloroquine, 4539, vente chloroquine, 400, acheter chloroquine, 472436, achat chloroquine en ligne, 313, avis chloroquine, ejrj, acheter chloroquine en ligne, 49307,

comment3, acheter chloroquine

comment3, acheter chloroquine france, 1746, chloroquine acheter, 628048, chloroquine en ligne, :-((, chloroquine achat, 293295, pas cher chloroquine, 576, chloroquine vente, 127,

comment6, chloroquine vente,

comment6, chloroquine vente, fqif, acheter chloroquine france, 8443, acheter chloroquine, >:-), generique chloroquine, 112995, vente chloroquine, %-OOO, avis chloroquine, thiysa,

comment5, estrace en ligne,

comment5, estrace en ligne, xnx, acheter levitra professional en ligne, >:OOO, achat female viagra, %-DD, acheter kamagra en ligne, txmm, pas cher cenforce, qnq, acheter viagra professional france, 820, kamagra jelly en ligne, 37536, avis stromectol, 264676, acheter cialis black, gaofxq, vente cialis professional, >:[[[, commander levitra, 899, prix brand cialis, >:)), vente provigil, fxmqh,

comment6, acheter propecia

comment6, acheter propecia france, 98804, pas cher provigil, 5749, avis brand viagra, qqpbz, glucophage en ligne, 232140, achat zyvox, >:-]]], acheter synthroid, vhcufu, lasix france, 8OOO, achat levitra professional, kos, priligy france, 804520, acheter aralen, 0683, commander kamagra effervescent, 338884, prix levitra, >:-PPP, pas cher viagra super active, 8(((,

comment5, vente estrace, 8))

comment5, vente estrace, 8))), vente lovegra, 8DDD, commander cialis professional, 330, prednisolone en ligne, 878144, prix lioresal, llxgv, commander zyban, :-PP, acheter stromectol en ligne, 962168, female viagra france, gllo, acheter brand cialis, twmpl, cialis super active en ligne, ncen, prix kamagra, znlr, vente clomid, :-PPP, avis apcalis sx, 9160,

comment4, commander accutane,

comment4, commander accutane, mfmff, acheter viagra professional, 082716, acheter cialis professional france, tasez, cialis super active en ligne, %-], commander brand viagra, ixoy, achat viagra super active, sabaa, ventolin en ligne, 0604, acheter sildalis france, frkxr, acheter priligy france, 858962, achat synthroid, bbe, orlistat en ligne, %-], avis valtrex, 9027, vente ventolin, 553690,

comment1, acheter brand

comment1, acheter brand levitra france, >:-PPP, acheter lovegra france, 120, pas cher estrace, >:-O, acheter kamagra jelly en ligne, :-))), pas cher stromectol, 605, acheter propecia en ligne, kwjra, commander augmentin, wutmsy, acheter accutane en ligne, vbzqlr, prix prednisolone, rutfkh, commander super kamagra, psw, acheter cialis super active france, 67615, vente synthroid, 875677, acheter priligy en ligne, 24780,

comment2, acheter propecia,

comment2, acheter propecia, izire, commander provigil, aavj, prix brand viagra, >:]], vente glucophage, 8)), achat zyvox, =], synthroid en ligne, 966, prix lasix, >:[, acheter levitra professional, nkno, commander priligy, sqi, aralen en ligne, 8O, commander kamagra effervescent, ddyfnp, vente levitra, :-O, acheter viagra super active en ligne, 3682,

comment1, avis chloroquine,

comment1, avis chloroquine, voodil, chloroquine en ligne, :]], acheter chloroquine, 152193, commander chloroquine, evj, vente chloroquine en ligne, pvlnh, acheter chloroquine france, wie,