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Literature Resources From Gale: Biographies in Science

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Stacy Chancellor & Joana Tew


Wetumpka Middle School, Elmore County School System/ Alabama Virtual Library


This podcast gives a brief overview of how to use the person search tool in the Literature Resources from Gale database, a part of the Alabama Virtual Library. The podcast will show how to search for a scientist for a research paper in science.   

Length: 1:57

Content Areas: Math, Science, English/Language Arts, Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (8)
1. Identify steps within the scientific process.
  • Applying process skills to interpret data from graphs, tables, and charts
  • Identifying controls and variables in a scientific investigation
  • Measuring dimension, volume, and mass using Systéme International d'Unités (SI units)
  • Identifying examples of hypotheses
  • Identifying appropriate laboratory glassware, balances, time measuring equipment, and optical instruments used to conduct an investigation
    SC (8)
    8. Identify Newton's three laws of motion.
  • Defining terminology such as action and reaction forces, inertia, acceleration, momentum, and friction
  • Interpreting distance-time graphs
    ELA2015 (8)
    26. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration. [W.8.7]
    ELA2015 (8)
    27. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. [W.8.8]
    ELA2015 (8)
    28. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. [W.8.9]
    a. Apply Grade 8 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new"). [W.8.9a]
    b. Apply Grade 8 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., "Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced"). [W.8.9b]

    AQTS_1.A.5: Academic Discipline(s) [Ability to help students make connections across the curriculum in order to promote retention and transfer of knowledge to real-life settings.]
    AQTS_1.B.3: Curriculum [Ability to select content and appropriately design and develop instructional activities to address the scope and sequence of the curriculum.]
    AQTS_2.E.2: Assessment [Knowledge of the relationship between assessment and learning and of how to integrate appropriate assessments into all stages of the learning process.]


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