Researching to Deepen Understanding: Research Framework (Grade 7)

Your class may have access to all the knowledge in the world, but how can they navigate through it to develop a concise research project? A five-part unit guides seventh graders through the research process, prompting them to initiate their inquiry, gather information, deepen their understanding, finalize their inquiry, and develop an evidence-based perspective.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Design a cross-curricular assignment for individuals to practice skills in language arts with topics from social studies or science
  • Weave the unit throughout the year's curriculum, or use it in a compact writing focus
Classroom Considerations

  • Culminates in a research journal that learners can complete electronically or in a physical binder
  • Page 9 provides a research unit guide for teacher planning purposes
Pros

  • Aligned to Common Core standards for writing, as well as supporting standards for reading informational text and speaking and listening
  • Applicable for any topic and skill level
  • Provides opportunities for reinforcing 21st century skills, both in research projects and electronic assignments
  • Includes all necessary worksheets, organizers, prompts, and handouts
Cons

  • None