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Television Turn-off Research Project (Persuasive Style Report)
Your learners come to class, and you see the signs of TV brain: low motivation, lack of details in explanations, and an inability to put details together coherently. This can be fixed with the plan and ideas available in a turn off the TV research project where students research the troubles with television. Learners develop skills in essay development including outlining, research, and vocabulary. Included are a graphic organizer, outline sheet, articles for reading, and detailed lesson plans. The resource can be adapted for any writing prompt.
Intermediate 3: Narrowing a Search to Get the Best Results
Examine advanced filters and operators in depth. Class members try out even more filtering tools than they did in the beginning lesson and practice with operators, special symbols or words that affect search results, recognized by Google. Through the exercises and presentation, pupils experiment with narrowing their search by time, language, document type, specific words or site, and more. This is a highly detailed plan that would enrich preparations for a research project.
Intermediate 4: Searching for Evidence for Research Tasks
Online resources take many forms: blogs, search engines, news websites, documents, wikis. In order to conduct effective research, pupils should become familiar with different formats so that they can more easily choose suitable sites for their information. This resource includes a useful handout and describes a categorizing activity for small groups. To make the lesson more meaningful, teach it during a research project and ask class members to relate their searching to their projects.
Conservation Research Project
Eighth graders complete a research project over a number of weeks that investigates the decline of a species, land/water use issues, shared environments, and how local habitat issues have an global impact. They look at various sides to solutions for environmental issues. Finally, they propose solutions to a land or water misuse example.
Eighth graders explore reference materials and then complete a research project. In this research project lesson, 8th graders choose the best reference source to use. Students learn to correctly site sources for their project. Students add their research information to a class wiki.
The Great Gatsby Historical Background Using Multi-Genre Research Project
Before beginning F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, create a historical context of the Roaring 20s with this lesson. Set up a gallery walk with the provided PowerPoint, which features 10 topics related to the 1920s. Then begin a multi-genre research project (from Tom Romero's Writing With Passion), which asks writers to include in their project poetry, drama, interviews, letters, articles, or any other genre of writing.
Analytical Research Projects
High school writers will benefit from learning the basic elements of analytical and argumentative research before completing their first research project. If you're looking to provide more guidance to your learners, pause at certain slides (6,7,9) and have pupils apply the information on those slides to their personal topic.
Famous People Research Project
Fourth graders research a famous person in Michigan history. They will use at least three different resources including technology to conduct their research. They then will use various forms of technology to create individual research projects and a class slide show presentation of their topics.
Harry Potter Research Project
Students work together to complete a research project on Harry Potter. They write a research question and develop a survey to give to their classmates. Using the results, they create a graph and draw conclusions about the data collected.
All About Me-I'm My Own Research Project
Third graders see how to do a research project. They understnad how to categorize information about themselves and relate it to information on sea animals for a future research project. This lesson fits in nicely with any unit on animals.
A Dickens of a Time: Discovering the Victorian Period
Students examine different aspects of Victorian Life in London through a variety of research projects requiring hands-on computer activities. They read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Research Famous People in History
A research project about famous people in history can be an interesting, and motivating assignment for students.
Digging Up Artifacts On Line
Why is it important to preserve historical documents and artifacts? Examine the role of primary source documents and the availability of these documents on the Internet. Middle and high schoolers write a journal about the nature of artifacts, evaluate a primary source document and its historical significance, and conduct a brief online research project related to a historical event.
Multigenre Research Project
Students research influences on African American literature. They research someone who has influenced the development of African American literature and create a multi-genre research project. They create a photograph poem, character sketch, personal narrative or newspaper article, diary entry or letter, and cartoon, advertisement, or song.
The Great Pocahontas Job Search
Young scholars use Pocahontas' resume to develop a career research project.
Anishinabe - Ojibwe - Chippewa: Culture of an Indian Nation
Students investigate the American Indian tribe of the Chippewa. They identify the different names of the Anishinabe/Ojibwe/Chippewa nation, conduct a research project, explore various websites, and present their group research projects.
Students research the five major sub disciplines of oceanography. They, in groups, list questions that each type of oceanographer would pose for a research project, then describe three research projects, and the type of oceanographer involved.
Exploring Great Salt Lake Ecosystem
Fourth graders determine the Great Salt Lake is a unique, thriving, and diverse ecosystem. They engage in an actual or a virtual field trip. They record field trip, whether actual or virtual, in science lab book or journal and present research projects in the form of a travel brochure.
Rock and Their Properties: Days 2-4
Young scholars engage in cooperative research projects in order to study about the properties of the three basic rock types and the processes that form them. They plan and develop their products.with the resources for conducting their research, explore project options, learn roles & responsibilities.
Social Studies: Archaeological Inquiry
Ninth graders simulate a research project to discover how archaeologists study about the people and the past. After completing an archaeological inquiry worksheet, they base their research project on objects found at various locations in the school. In groups, 9th graders make inferences about those who use the objects.