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Research project

So you have to do a research project? See all of the steps here.
Social Studies Research Plan and Writing to Inform paper document. Click here.  
 
Step 1: Task Definition

1.1 Define the information problem.
1.2 Identify information needed in order to complete the task.


Questions to ask:

How do I choose a research topic?
How much information will I need to complete the project?
Is my topic too broad or too narrow?


Week 1 Assignment:

 

Choose one type of graphic organizer to brainstorm topic ideas.
Bubbl.us
Graphic.org
Brainstorming Web (pdf)
Network Tree (word document)

Step 2: Information Seeking Strategies

2.1 Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm).
2.2 Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities (select the best sources).


Questions to ask:

How do I find good information?
How do I know it is reliable information?

Good site to go to for information:
Internet Public Library
Kidsclick! Website designed by librarians
Google's Directory (not just Google) start with Kids and Teens
Infoplease
FHTMS Library website

Week 2 Assignment:
Use the internet evaluation
checklist and the internet evaluation summary sheet to find four "good" websites for your research by Friday, Jan. 21st. You will  need ten good websites by the end of the project.

Step 3: Location and Access

3.1 Locate sources
3.2 Find information within sources

Questions to ask:


How do I use keyword searching to find better results?
What other search engines are available?
What are the different types of resources: Primary and secondary? See What is a Primary Source? for clarification.

Try these meta-search engines and advanced search sites.

Dogpile
Yippy
ixquick
Altavista (advanced search)

Try these sites for primary sources:
Smithsonian Source resources for teaching American history
Library of Congress: teaching with primary sources
ALA How to use primary sources
Houghton Mifflin primary sources on the web

Week 3 Assignment:
Find at least one primary source for your research paper.  See above websites. Also you must cite your primary sources appropriately. See Easybib.com.

Step 4: Use of Information

4.1 Engage the information in a source
4.2 Extract relevant information from a source

Questions to ask:

How do I identify keywords and related words?
How do I skim and scan information to discover if the information is relevant?
What are the different note-taking types?

Week 4 Assignment:
Use a note-taking style to take notes from your resources. There are several ways to take notes, choose the style that works best for you. Show notes by Feb. 10th.

Note card worksheet (printable or template)
Date chart for notetaking
Comparison note-taking chart
Big Six Form - advanced

Step 5: Synthesis

5.1 Organize information from a variety of sources
5.2 Present the information

Questions to ask:

How do I present my organize my information?
How do I present my information?  paper, powerpoint, presentation, movie, etc.

Week 5 assignment:
You will write a Writing to Inform paper on your topic. This will be a three draft five paragraph essay about the topic using appropriate citations for all resources.
Writing to Inform template


Step 6: Evaluation

6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
6.2 Judge the information problem-solving process (efficiency).

Questions to ask:

Did I meet the requirements for the project?
Did I include all relevant information?
Did I follow the process?

Week 6 assignment:
Have a peer complete a rubric for writing to inform paper.
Complete a rubric for self-assessment.


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