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Pupils practice the various processes used in researching and writing a biographical research paper, including brainstorming, notetaking, outlining, creating a bibliography, and writing the final draft.
Students read the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. They then conduct research on British and American literature from 1800 to the present and select a book that they believe is important and should survive in the event that all books and literary resources are destroyed. They memorize and recite a portion of the work they have selected and justify their book's importance to humanity based on the research they have conducted.
“Hanging chads.” While these two words may be infamous to most of us, few middle schoolers understand their importance to the presidential election of 2000. As an exercise in drawing inferences, class members examine a Mini Page article about the changes made in political policies and election laws prior to the 2004 election. They make inferences and then check the validity of their assumptions by conducting research. Directions for the activity, links to required resources, assessments, and modifications are included in the detailed packet.
Twelfth graders integrate technology into the research process in order to advance skills. The research is done using the internet and other contemporary methods like the library. The research is then analyzed.
Eighth graders use the Big6 research process to conduct research on key participants in the American Revolution including Patriots, Loyalists, and British Military figures. They read the novel Year of the Hangman by Gary Blackwood (or another alternative history novel). Students create American Revolution Trading Cards.
In this research skills learning exercise, students complete sentences by inserting names of places in London. A word bank of twenty words is given for twenty questions.
If you want to challenge your US government class, this assignment requires them to identify a contemporary issue or event that reflects the four main principles of the Constitution (federalism, separation of powers, protection of individual freedoms, adaptability/flexibility). Working in pairs, groups conduct research to prepare for a presentation to the class. This is a great exercise to measure a deeper understanding of constitutional principles.
Examine the research process and how to determine the credibility of sources. The class watches biographical and historical films before researching facts about the time period, events, and persona that are depicted in the films. This project culminates in a written and oral presentation.
Students understand the importance of evaluating the information from websites. In this Early American History lesson, students appreciate artifacts of early American Life and record information about them. Students then research more fully the artifact. Students share information and conclusions.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary sources. In this Great Depression lesson plan, students read John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and use ethnographic research processes to understand how the novel fits into the bigger world picture.
High schoolers examine characterization of African Americans in literature, popular culture, and opera. In this stereotypes lessons, students conduct research that requires them to analyze the origins and content of stereotypes perpetuated through media messages and how they translate into popular culture. High schoolers take surveys and gather information to form their impressions.
Students plan an itinerary for an educational trip to Rome. In this research skills lesson plan, students use Google Earth to conduct research for their project in their travel teams. Students also set up blogs to share their progress through the project. The culminating project should be a multimedia tour that students share with their fellow classmates.
In this language arts worksheet, 5th graders complete multiple choice questions about punctuation, parts of speech, research process and more. Students complete 25 questions.
Students take a closer look at Cinderella stories. In this literature lesson, students discuss the attributes of Cinderella stories from around the world and conduct research to find where the "Aschenputtel" story originated. Students then create madrigals based on the tale.
Students form detective agencies, adopt spy names, and sleuth for clues to where information resides in library resources. They demonstrate the power and flexibility of strong library research skills.v They increase information vocabularies, different learning styles, and social cognitive awareness.
Students investigate the Exploration Age. In this research skills instructional activity, students discover the impact of exploration as they locate information about selected explorers. Students design and create relief maps that feature exploration routes and share their findings with their classmates.
Third graders, in groups, choose a research topic and generate questions to narrow their focus. They research the answers to their questions and develop correctly cited source cards that display appropriate bibliographic format.
Learners use a graphic organizer to focus the research of a specific topic. They generate questions they would like to know about a research topic and record them in a KWL chart to help focus their investigations.
Students focus on narrowing topics in order to find an appropriate research topic for a research paper on meat. In this research skills lesson, students brainstorm about meat, using various topics/subtopics of meat. Students access an online search engine to search meat and peruse subdivisions. Students come up with two different research questions on health aspects and find an article that answers the question.
Students conduct career-based interviews. In this career education lesson, students research careers and interview career professionals to produce a video that features ins and outs of the career.