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Research the Issue_EXP


What do people know, say, and believe about this issue or topic?
Find and analyze resources that will help you grasp the topic’s key concepts, in addition to deepening your understanding of the topic.

Time To Complete 

1-3 hours

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.2
  • CCRA.W.1
Possible Activities 
  1. Have students complete the first columns of a KWL/KWHLAQ chart (http://www.flickr.com/photos/langwitches/5958295132/). If you have a set of class resources for research you might have them preview the books on their topic to frontload as a scaffold. 

  2. Teach specific mini-lessons on how to conduct effective and valid Internet searches; have students work in pairs to find credible sources on assigned or student-generated topics

  3. 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

  4. Model for students how to take notes. You can offer students several graphic organizers for note-taking, or teach them one strategy, such as Cornell. There are some middle school level resources that could easily be modified for upper- or lower-grade students. http://infotech.spsd.org/MS/ms_research_step4.html


  5. Model for students how to take notes in their own words to avoid plagiarizing. Give students a list of facts and have them work with partners to rewrite the facts in their own words.


  6. Have students complete an I wonder/Author Says/I say/And So chart: http://moormangb.ced.appstate.edu/5200_f10/unit1/author_says.pdf


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