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 notecards 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