Instructor: Ms. C. Zimmerman
Gifted Hands library research
The research guide below provides
activities and information for a unit study based on the book
Gifted Hands: A Ben Carson Story. Ben Carson MD, is one of
the best neurosurgeons in the world. This is the story of
his inspiring odyssey from his childhood in inner-city Detroit
to his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns
Hopkins at age 33. Carson is a role model for anyone who
attempts the seemingly impossible as he takes you into the
operating room where he has saved countless lives.
The purpose of this activity will be to
access resources using the Cuyamaca Community College library in
order to supplement the information you learn while reading Ben
You will choose one topic from the choices below. In the
library and on your own, you will complete the research outline
to prepare for an in-class writing assignment with the following
Three paragraphs in length, at least five to six sentences per
Each paragraph will contain a topic sentence, supporting details
and a concluding sentence, (PIE: point, illustration,
All sources will be cited in correct MLA format.
Library Research Question: (CHOOSE ONE)
Carson chose the
career of a neurosurgeon. Find out what it takes to become
a neurosurgeon. Use the website called
and type "physicians and surgeons" in the search box.
What is the nature of the work and working
conditions of a neurosurgeon?
What are the educational requirements of a
What aspects of this career do and/or do
not appeal to you? Explain why.
outside Carson’s Gifted Hands biography (news coverage,
websites, etc.)which include his personal commentary.
Select one of his quotes that you find meaningful and
Cite the quote and explain what it means to
Write about whether you agree or disagree
with the quote and explain why.
Explain how you can apply this quote to
your personal life or future.
Library research tip for #2:
Try the following websites:
good article from Reading Today
Research the Carson
Scholar’s Fund (http://carsonscholars.org/).
Explore the website to find out how Ben and Candy Carson
continue to make positive change in his community.
Describe the foundation’s purpose and goals.
Find an example (testimony, persona
description) of one student who has benefited from the program.
Describe the person’s background and the type of support they
received from the fund.
Write about the most interesting fact you
learned about the foundation. Explain why it interested or