Big6 Research Project

Do research projects at your school look like a class of eighth graders staring at a blank screen? Use the Big 6 research method to guide middle schoolers through the process of finding a topic, searching for and evaluating sources, locating relevant information, and synthesizing it all into a multimedia presentation. The unit plan also invites peers to assess presentations they've seen, and to judge the information-gathering process itself.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • An ideal format for an interdisciplinary unit between subjects, as learners can conduct research about a specific topic in science or social studies, and complete the written report and presentation in language arts
  • Have a list of relevant or engaging topics available to keep your class from choosing concepts that would be difficult to find or verify
Classroom Considerations

  • Based on the Dream of a Nation text and the Big 6 reseach process, but can be easily modified to fit the needs of your curriculum
  • Lesson states that it will take two to five weeks to complete the project, based on the steps you choose to include
Pros

  • Facilitates independent research and collaborative presentations
  • Project is open-ended, making it a versatile addition to any classroom
  • Provides several innovative ideas for presentation formats that are sure to appeal to everyone in your class
Cons

  • None