Researching to Deepen Understanding: Research Framework

The middle schoolers in your class have lots of experience typing questions into search engines. Take their questions to the next level with a unit focused on inquiry-based research. As pupils choose the topic for inquiry, gather information, analyze sources to deepen understanding, and communicate their findings, they compile results of their research into a cumulative portfolio.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with a science, health, or social studies unit for language arts learners to base their research on a subject-specific topic
  • Use the unit for individual research assignments, or when dividing the class into pairs or groups
Classroom Considerations

  • Project culminates into a paper or electronic research portfolio
  • Refer to the unit guide on page 9 to organize the lessons
  • Details portfolio sections on page 11
Pros

  • Aligned to Common Core standards for eighth grade
  • Lists academic vocabulary that learners should know during a research project
  • Promotes inquiry-based projects
  • Includes all necessary worksheets, graphic organizers, and research tools
Cons

  • None