Digging Deeper: Researching Techniques by Vicki Cobb

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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How do you approach the research needed to write a paper? How do you take notes? How important are notes, anyhow? When does note taking become important? Where are the important primary sources? How do you interview a person to get information? How does your own experience count in your research? These are questions nonfiction Vicki Cobb grapples with when she writes her award-winning books. Learn as she unpacks their process. Learn how much fun it is to write a research paper.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $300.00
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one hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:

no miniumum

Maximum participants:

40 students and their teachers

Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

How do you figure out the angle for an article or project? How do you dig up the most interesting facts? Top nonfiction authors share their secrets for uncovering fascinating information that can be used in compelling nonfiction. These are the skills mandated by the Common Core Standards.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No charge for cancelation due to nature. $100 kill fee if canceled within forty-eight hours. We make every effort to reschedule.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


Vicki Cobb has written all kinds of material including narrative, expository, poetry, essays, and blogs. She can discuss preliminary research, which tells herwhether or not an idea is worth pursuing, background research where she informs herself about a subject, and digging deeper where she finds the fabulous nuggets that bring the subject to life.


As a result of this exposure to an author, students will learn:
* how to decide if a subject is worth pursuing
*the importance of reading for knowledge and background
*how to ask a meaningful question that a project will answer
*where to look for information that goes beyond the encyclopedia and makes a project come to life.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

This program meets the CCSS literacy standards in grade-appropriate ways. The issues addressed include:
Text Types and Purposes
Production and Distribution of Writing
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
Range of Writing