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Research The Issue (Mathematical Modeling)


What do people know, say, and believe about this issue?

Find and analyze resources that will help you grasp the topic’s key concepts, in addition to deepening your understanding of the range of perspectives about the issue. 

Time To Complete 

2-3 Hours

Common Core Standards 

  • CCSS.MP.5
  • CCSS.MP.4

I Can Statements 

I can conduct research by:

  • gathering relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively. 
  • assessing the credibility and accuracy of each source.

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
  • includes 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 a 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 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. This protocol of brainstorming and reflecting on questions is 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. 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 can easily be modified for upper- or lower-grade students. 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


Ways to generate research questions

Citing your research

Note-taking Organizers

How to model Cornell Notes (videos)

Downloadable Resources 
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