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Create A Research Question_LR

Description 

What question does your experiment hope to answer?
What is your research question and why does it matter?  

Time To Complete 

2-3 Hours

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.W.7

I Can Statements 

  • I can identify a research question that:
    • Encourages curiosity to learn more about the subject
    • Is clearly and accurately defined and related to my current area of study
    • Is specific or narrow enough to support a manageable research process
    • Requires critical inquiry and higher-order thinking, such as analysis, questioning, and evaluation
  • I will know if my question for scientific inquiry is of high quality if it:
    • Encourages curiosity to know more about the subject
    • Is something I feel strongly about or want to learn more about
    • Is clearly and accurately defined and related to the current area of study
    • Is specific or narrow enough to support a manageable research process
    • Requires critical inquiry and higher-order thinking, such as analysis, questioning, and evaluation

Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:

  • Confer with students, asking probing questions about their question to gauge how well the question meets the quality criteria.
  • Ask students to state their question and explain (orally or in writing) how it meets the quality criteria for a high-quality question.
  • Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing one of the activities below.
Possible Activities 
  1. Have students complete the first two columns of a KWL/KWHLAQ chart (http://www.flickr.com/photos/langwitches/5958295132/ ). The W section could help jumpstart their thinking about research questions

  2. This protocol of brainstorming and reflecting on questions would be appropriate for the upper grades and visual learners: http://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/researchcourse/explore.html#questions

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