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Grades 6-8

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Step 1:  Question

Student Skills Resources to Use
Online Resources
-What do I need to know?
-What do I already know?
-What am I curious about?
-What keywords should I use?

My Research Planner - Question
(word,    pdf,    google doc )

More instructions for developing questions


Students will:
-Brainstorm a topic, problem or question based on interests or needs.

-Identifies one or two key words about a topic, problem or question.

-Identifies possible sources for information needed.

Blank WWH chart (word,    pdf,   google doc )
Blank KWHL chart (word,   pdf,   google doc )
Blank WWWW chart (word,  pdf,  google doc )
Developing keywords worksheet  (word,   pdf,   google doc )

Jamie McKenzie's article on Questioning as technology

Jamie McKenzie's article on Putting an end to topical reasearch

Jamie McKenzie's article on going from Trivial pursuit to asking essential questions.

Jamie McKenzie's article on the great question press.

Jamie McKenzie's article on "Smushing".

-Applying Bloom's Taxonomy

Help with keywords

Step 2:  Gather

Student Skills  Resources
Online Resources

-Where do I find my information?

-How do I know what resources to use?

-What makes a source reliable?

-How will I keep track of what I learn?

-How do I record all of the sources I use?

My Research Planner - Gather
(word  pdf,   google doc )       
More instructions on gathering information

Identify primary source material and discuss differences.

Access primary source materials through appropriate sources.

Know your primary sources


Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different types of resources-print, subscription databases and free.

Compare the information found in various reference sources – i.e World Book Online vs Wikipedia, Proquest news article vs a current blog entry.

 Choose the most appropriate information source for your inquiry.

    Knowing the best places to look for information (get help from the BOTS)

Facts vs. opinion (Infinite Learning Lab)

Uses online catalog independently to locate specific books, get classification numbers, and browse.

    Destiny On-Line Catalog

Know how to access and use the Hennepin County Public Library Website.

Know how to access databases available through the Hennepin County Public Library. Access information in print materials using a table of contents, index, guide words, subjects & headings.


Hennepin County Public Library Website.

Minneapolis Resource links

Electric Library of MN

Participates in supervised use of search engines and bookmarked websites to access appropriate information for research.



Students  use advanced search techniques to access information in online databases and websites, including library catalog.



Advance search techniques

Destiny On-Line Catalog

Minneapolis Resource links

Electric Library of MN

Students know how to search for information in a variety of formats  (videos, blogs, pictures, PDFs, sound files, podcasts, etc.)


Uses a variety of search engines to do advanced searching.


Choosing the best search engine for your needs.

Analyze websites using established criteria and select most appropriate for project.

Web evaluation form (word,        pdf,        google doc )


Skim and scan to find relevant information



Recognizes the effect of different perspectives and extreme points of view in information.


Recognizing point of view lesson

Take notes using one or more of a variety of strategies, including KWL chart, graphic organizers, notecards, fullpage, electronic, database, charts.

My Notecards: (word,   pdf,  google doc )

Blank KWHL chart (word,   pdf,   google doc )


Webbing software to take notes: 


Identify main ideas and supporting details.


Is able to put information in own words



Note taking lessons


Understands the concept of plagiarism and can explain why it is wrong.

Can give examples of print and non-print intellectual works—books, movies, music, images, software, etc.--which are protected by

copyright laws

planning plagiarism proof lessons

student sheet for avoiding plagiarism


Copyright lessons


Uses prescribed method for citing sources

Guide to citing my sources in a bibliography


Credits sources by creating a bibliography using correct bibliographic format.

Recording my sources for my bibliography  (word,   pdf,   google doc )   -Citation Guide


Step 3:  Conclude


Student Skills  Resources
Online Resources

-Do all my facts agree?

-Do I need any more information?

-What is my final thesis statement?

Students will:

Use common organizational charts to organize information.

Summarize information, paraphrase it, and compare and contrast it.

Separate fact from opinion, draw inferences based on the facts presented, and evaluate that information to form conclusions.

KWL Charts

Webbing software (Bubbl.us, Mindmeister.com, etc.) and Mindmaps


Visualize, articulate and solve complex problems and concepts.

Determine decisions that make sense based on the available information.

Organize information to determine gaps in information. Mindmaps, Webbing software

Determine new sources of information to eliminate gaps. Print resources, online databases, surveys, interviews and experiments.

Apply search strategies to view new information sources. Basic and advance search options.

Determine appropriate uses for print and online resources. Minneapolis-supported databases, Destiny

Menu structure of online information



Create an outline of information.

Determine if information is credible, accurate and relevant from multiple perspectives of a problem.


My Research Planner - Conclude (word ,    pdf,       google doc )
Blank KWHL chart (word,   pdf,   google doc )

More instructions on reaching conclusions and organizing your information

Chart of Graphic Organizers
TeacherVision Graphic Organizers

Online graphic Organizer Website





Step 4:  Communicate


Student Skills  Resources
Online Resources

How will I share what I learned?

-What is the best way to present my research?

-Do I need to create or find some items to illustrate my findings?

-How will I credit the sources I used?


Students will:

Determine the audience and its needs for the project.

Develop communication for a specific audience.

Choose appropriate format for presenting research.

Apply MYP Technology Process (Investigate, Plan, Design, Create, and Evaluate)

Apply presentation guidelines (color, size, font, emphasis)

Apply common productivity software to create and edit desired format

Use a variety of software applications for word processing, video, sound and presentation. Googledocs, iMovie, GarageBand, VoiceThread, Wikis

Apply appropriate technology to purpose--Written report, slide show, video, podcasts.

Use online learning communities effectively to convey a message--Blogs, Wikis, Google Docs.

Determine role in group project and complete role’s responsibilities.

My Research Planner - Communicate (word,    pdf,    google doc )

Making an outline organizer: (word document,        pdf,  )
Video production planning guide:  (word document,        pdf,    google doc )
Video Storyboard: (word document,        pdf,  )
video shot list: (word document,        pdf,   google doc)

Common mistakes to avoid in a report

More information on communicating your information


Step 5:  Evaluate


Student Skills  Resources
Online Resource

-How did I do?

Is my project complete?

-Did I meet my teacher’s expectations?

-Did I do my best work and use my time well?

-What would I do differently on my next project?


Students will:

  • Apply student- and teacher-established criteria for self-assessment.
  • Modify and revise own work based on feedback from others.
  • Apply MYP rubrics.
  • Apply student- teacher-created reflection questions about the whole process.
  • Use a learning log for reflection and further investigation

My Research Planner -Evaluate (word,   pdf,   google doc )

Google doc form for collecting student evaluations online


More instructions on evaluating your projectl

Example of a research project rubric

Assessment tools for different types of products.

More assessment tools for different types of products.

Create your own rubric

Lessons form Atlas Rubicon:

6th grade Author unit

8th grade Country Study Unit

Lessons from the media Wiki:

Grade 6 lesson from the Media Wiki (from Feb 2010)

Grade 7 lesson from the Media Wiki (from Feb 2010)

Grade 8 lesson from the Media Wiki (from Feb 2010)