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Research the Issue_PaE

Description 

What do people know, say, and believe about this issue?
Find and analyze resources that will help you grasp the issue’s key concepts, in addition to deepening your understanding of the range of perspectives on it. Focus on examining what can be done to make an impact regarding the issue. 

Time To Complete 

1-2 Days

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.1
  • CCRA.R.9
  • CCRA.W.7
  • CCRA.W.8
  • CCRA.W.9

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 ones
    • 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 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.
Possible Activities 
  1. 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. 

  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.

  3. 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. There are some middle school level resources that could easily be modified for upper or lower grade students. See http://infotech.spsd.org/MS/ms_research_step4.html.

  4. 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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