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Ch 6: Conducting Research: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.7

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Find lessons for eighth grade English. These lessons meet the Common Core Reading Literature standard for conducting research (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.7).

Standard: Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.7)

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Students who have mastered this standard are able to determine how to effectively research and understand a subject by asking the right questions, finding sources for the answers and using those answers to further explore and analyze.

The lesson topics for this standard include:

  • How to answer a question with a research project
  • How to create a main question for a research project
  • How to choose more questions to broaden a research project

Students demonstrate mastery of this standard when they can effectively determine the primary question, use multiple sources to find information, follow logical threads to ask follow-up questions and arrive at a well-supported answer.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Here are some tips for incorporating these lessons into your curriculum to help meet the common core standards.

Encourage Different Types of Research

Share the video lessons on research techniques and ask students to name a variety of research sources. Discuss original sources, such as interviews, and cover secondary research options such as the Internet, videos, books, reference materials and databases.

Provide Tools

After watching the videos, provide students with tools such as an Internet citation organizer and an Internet research checklist to help them track and document their sources. Show techniques, such as use of a Venn Diagram, that can aid them in sorting their information.

Assign Research Paper

Have students watch the video lessons on conducting research. Provide students with the opportunity to design their own research project with a topic of their choosing; establish benchmarks, ask for several types of research, have them document their sources, synthesize information and submit a final paper or give a presentation.

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