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Balanced Literacy Project
Fourth graders review all the materials they've studied about the rain forest and begin to organize their research paper by choosing a topic. They begin by rereading the introductory book, "The Great Kapok Tree," by Lynne Cherry as well as work on a graphic organizer for the beginning of their research paper.
Define Research as a Writing Style
Fifth graders examine research writing. They begin by viewing models of sample research papers and discussing their components as compared to narrative fiction. Then they record their responses during independent writing time.
Literature biography project
Build upon your learners' skills in research, note-taking, outlining, and expository writing, while providing them an opportunity for independent learning as they complete a literature biography project. The activity is broken down into six easy steps, from making their choice on what author to research, to the writing of the bibliography. Each step is submitted separately and builds into a portfolio. The project can be modified to explore other topics concerning the author, such as an analysis of their childhood and how that is reflected in their writing.
Beginner 1: Picking the Right Search Terms
Encourage effective online searching to aid your learners in their current and future research endeavors. Use the presentation and the detailed notes included here to demonstrate how to formulate a search query. Then, divide your class into small groups to change questions into more effective queries. After pupils have mastered this skill, move on to other related activities. The instructions are quite detailed and might take some time to sift through; however, class members will benefit from improved searching skills as they work on research projects. The video mentioned in the plan is not actually on slide four. It is linked on the first page of the lesson.
The Research Paper - Searching for a Subject
Students research a website to look for potential topics for a research paper. They develop a narrowed prioritized subject list on an index card (3X5) using word processing program.
Ninth graders continue to work on their research papers including to credit and cite all resources used, incorporate a style manual, electronic databases, online resources as well as a Works Cited page. In addition, they orally present their papers.
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.
Common Core Writing Strand: The Research Paper Template for Standards 7-8
Considering a research paper for freshman and sophomores? Here's a template designed to meet the W.9-10.7 and 8 Common Core writing standards. Writers outline their research question, claims, counterarguments, support, commentary, and conclusions. Completing the template ensures that all aspects of the standard are addressed.
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.
Ancient Egyptian Living Museum
Students research Ancient Egypt. For this Ancient Egypt lesson, students work in groups to research topics in Egyptian life. They write a research paper and create a living history museum with costumes, props, and backdrops.
Let Me Tell You About Oregon
Using Oregon as the focus, this lesson requires learners to produce a lengthy and detailed research project using presentation software. After they have completed their research, they give a speech to share their information with the class. Could be adapted to any topic or region.
American History Idol
What a great way to incorporate current social trends and a historical research project. The class completes to win the title of "American History Idol." They each choose a historical figure from a list of 100, research, evaluate informational text resources, and create a skit they will perform for the class. Each skit will be voted on and the winner receives an "American Historical Idol" t-shirt. Sounds like a blast.
Students examine and research the idea of heroism. They watch and discuss a Powerpoint presentation, conduct research, and write a research paper about the qualities and characteristics of a hero.
Cite Your Sites!
The New York Times article “Lessons in Internet Plagiarism,” launches a look at how the Internet has increased the prevalence of plagiarism. The richly detailed instructional activity includes warm-up and wrap-up activities, discussion questions, research links, possible projects, as well as evaluation and extension activities. A good cautionary instructional activity before class members start their own research projects.
Our Nation's Natural Disasters
Sixth graders classify their regions' natural disaster(s). Within this lesson students enhance their research skills by utilizing different resources, as well as their writing skills by composing short research papers.
Students use research skills to take notes over fifteen current medical innovators or innovations. They prepare a PowerPoint presentation over their chosen fifteen medical innovators and innovations. Students show a correlation between current medical innovation and their life. They write to acquire knowledge, clarify thinking, synthesize information, improve study skills, gain confidence, and enhance lifelong communication.
How to Locate and Evaluate Information, Part I - Online Catalog
Using the online catalog, researchers locate and record on a citation template specific sources for their research paper. A library specialist models searching strategies while the teacher introduces the research paper process. Daily checks of the template afford feedback on progress, source citation, and source appropriateness. It also forms a solid beginning for research skills. A follow-up session on how to evaluate source accuracy and validity would complement this lesson plan.
Plagiarism: Avoiding Accidental Internet Plagiarism
Demonstrate how to cite information from Internet sources without plagiarizing. If your class is working on an Internet research paper, and you have observed learners cutting and pasting directly from the Internet, the activities and methods involved here should help your class understand how to properly cite and paraphrase research. The handout attachments are only available if you register, so you might make your own. A cited article is in the additional materials.
Research a Poet and Explicate a Poem by that Poet
Using your school's media center, internet research, and a SMART board, 7th graders research a chosen poet and write a research report. Additionally, 7th graders explicate one poem by the poet within their report. Several resource links are provided for your convenience, as well as two worksheets about the research project.