-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
Help with focusing a topic
-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?
Identify primary source material and discuss differences.
Access primary source materials through appropriate sources.
Know your primary sources
Defining primary and secondary sources
A definition of primary sources
Library of Congress Primary sources
Teacher resources from the Library of Congress
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)
Fact fragment frenzy
Uses online catalog independently to locate specific books, get classification numbers, and browse.
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
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.
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.
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
planning plagiarism proof lessons
student sheet for avoiding plagiarism
Uses prescribed method for citing sources
Credits sources by creating a bibliography using correct bibliographic format.
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.
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.
More instructions on reaching conclusions and organizing your information
Chart of Graphic Organizers
TeacherVision Graphic Organizers
Online graphic Organizer Website
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
-How did I do?
Apply student- teacher-created reflection questions about the whole process.
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)