• Research Process

    • Desired Results

      Established Goals:
      To access information efficiently and effectively, evaluate the information critically and use the information accurately, creatively and ethically in order to share knowledge gained.

      Enduring Understandings:
      Students will understand that…

      • strategies for searching aides in finding information more efficiently
      • formulating questions based on information needs will narrow the focus of their search
      • informed decisions are derived by critically evaluating information
      • information is organized in different formats and forms for varying purposes
      • information gathered from varied sources leads to a broader understanding of a topic
      • information gathered needs to be noted in an organized manner
      • synthesizing information gathered into a product to share will lead to new ideas regarding a topic
      • sources need to be cited

      Essential Questions:

      • What information is needed to solve this problem?
      • What are some possible sources of information?
      • How can the format of a resource affect the search for information? 
      • How do you know when a source can be trusted? 
      • How do you determine bias?
      • How can the information gathered be organized for future use?
      • How do you know when your search information has been successful?
      • How can the information gathered be shared in an engaging way to your audience?
      • How can we give credit to the sources we used?

      Essential Vocabulary: 
      accuracy, authority, bias, Boolean search, currency, keyword, relevance, subject search, scope, sources

      Resultant Knowledge:

      Students will know…

      • to identify effective search strategies
      • to formulate questions to aide in the search for information
      • to identify reasons why a source was selected for use
      • to search for multiple sources on a topic to gain a better understanding of a topic. 
      • take notes from a source in an organized manner
      • to synthesize the information gathered into a product that aides in sharing the information in an engaging manner
      • to include a list of sources in the correct bibliographic format

      Resultant Skills:

      Students will be able to…

      • conduct an effective search
      • formulate questions to make a more directed search
      • determine accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness of a source
      • distinguishes among fact, point of view, and opinion
      • identifies inaccurate and misleading information
      • selects information appropriate to the problem or question at hand
      • create note cards organized by topic and source
      • create a Works Cited list
      • create an end product to share knowledge gained


      Assessment Evidence

      Performance Tasks:

      • Conduct searches using district databases and resources, the Internet and library print holdings
      • Compile organized notes using NoodleTools
      • Using NoodleTools, students will cite the sources used

      Other Evidence:

      • Bibliography or Works Cited
      • Product created to share knowledge gained on a particular topic