So how do you pick a good keyword? and how are Dewey Numbers organised anyway?
Setting the scene with year 7…
Okay so your teacher goes and sets you ANOTHER homework challenge.
Find out about…, When did…., Who was… etc,
So where do you start?
By picking a good Keyword to unlock the question.
You can then use this word to look in the Subject Index, Oliver Database, or even on the Internet.
To do this I gave my year 7 student a series of questions from which they had to to pick the keywords. The biggest challenege for some of them was not to write the actual answer!
So for example for the question…
“Name the colours of the spectrum” we discussed what results or information we would find if we picked “Colours” as our keyword rather than “Spectrum”.
They went onto organise their keywords and ideas into a mind map and used the Subject Indexes to find the shelf numbers.
It was great to see the penny drop with some of them when Dewey Shelf Numbers showed the relationship between Keywords.
Eg. Sport= 790, and all other individual sports shelf numbers start with… guess what the number 79 something.