Time To Complete
I Can Statements
- I can conduct research by:
- Gathering relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively (6-8.WHST.8)
- Assessing the credibility and accuracy of each source (6-8.WHST.8)
- I will know my research is of high quality if it:
- Provides me the opportunity to learn more about my topic
- Challenges me to deepen my thinking about my topic by asking questions for clarity and understanding
- Comes from multiple relevant, current, reliable, and varied sources, while favoring primary sources over secondary sources
- Has been systematically recorded and organized to support the proper citation of sources
Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:
- Confer with students, asking probing questions about their research process to gauge how well their research meets the quality criteria.
- Ask students to list their sources and explain (orally or in writing) how they meet the quality criteria for high-quality research.
- Ask students to show you their notes and briefly describe (orally or in writing) their system for recording and organizing the results of their research.
- Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing one of the activities below.
Have students complete the first two columns of a KWL/KWHLAQ chart (http://www.flickr.com/photos/langwitches/5958295132/ ). If you have a set of class resources for research, have students preview the books on their topic to frontload as a scaffold
Model for students how to take notes and record data. You can offer students several graphic organizers for note-taking and data collection, or teach them one strategy, such as Cornell. This is a middle school level resource that could easily be modified for upper- or lower-grade students:
Resources for finding usable media online: