How do I do it?
Support student research work with a recording sheet that asks teacher and/or students to collect information about a topic using different sources (e.g. websites, books, people etc.) and list 3 important ideas, any key words, and questions that the source provoked. Depending on the ages and linguistic levels of the students, introduce the chart and fill in an example row. Start by recording the topic, sharing or eliciting prior knowledge about the topic in the “what I know” section in the chart. Next choose and show a source to students and read it aloud. Help students in choosing 3 key ideas from the text and recording them as well as any key vocabulary. Finally, list a couple of questions that remain unanswered. Support older students as they work on their individual research projects.
Variations & Extensions
After students have listed key ideas, have them add a star to the ideas that they think are most important. The same can be done with the questions that they have listed. You can also ask students to begin forming summary statements by asking them to list 5 things they have learned so far about the topic.
Common Core ELA Writing Standard 7&9
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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