The R.O.A.D. I Travel - 2014 Jaffarian Award Winner

The R.O.A.D. I Travel
(Research, Observe, Analyze, Discover)

School: Perry Meridian Middle School, Indianapolis, Ind.

Applicant: Leslie Preddy, Library Media Specialist

Read the full application narrative here
 

Program Summary

Over the course of one semester, librarians assisted five eighth-grade classes and nearly 500 in researching their family histories online and in historical newspapers on microfilm.  The students visited the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Historical Society, learning from historians and preservationists how to interpret historical photos and preserve family documents.  Students also interviewed family members and caregivers to learn more of their family history, developing valuable memories as well as in-depth learning skills.  The R.O.A.D. I Travel project culminated in each student's creation of a personal research goal and plan, with an independently developed personal family research project presented at a community project fair.
 

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Students conduct online research

Students conduct online research
 

Student learning how to use microfilm at Indiana State Library
A student learns to use microfilm at the Indiana State Library
 

Instruction on the card catalog
Instruction on the card catalog at the Indiana State Library
 

Perry Meridian students at the Indiana Historical Society
Perry Meridian students at the Indiana Historical Society

 

Instruction on preservation
Instruction on preservation

 

Students learn to preserve family documents through hands-on activities
Learning to preserve family documents through hands-on activities

 

Community project fair at Perry Meridian Middle School
Community project fair at Perry Meridian Middle School

 

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