About This Chapter
Standard: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.7)
About This Chapter
This chapter will help you guide your students through the process of conducting a solid research project from beginning to end, from choosing a research topic to the actual composition and presentation of the project. By the end of the chapter, your students will understand how to:
- Use a research project to answer a question
- Create a main question for a research project
- Identify and choose sources
- Evaluate sources for credibility and accuracy
- Expand a research project by selecting additional questions
- Explain the required sections and length of a research paper
To demonstrate mastery of this standard, your students should be able to create research projects that reflect well-chosen research questions that are answered using reliable, correctly documented sources. By using these lessons in conjunction with the standard, students can polish their research skills in preparation for college application essays, college coursework or even professional writing.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
You may wish to incorporate the suggestions below in your classroom to help students meet this Common Core standard.
Allow Students to Create Questions
Have your student watch the lessons on creating research questions to help them get started on selecting some interesting research questions. Provide them with a general topic, such as an animal, and see how many questions they can come up with for that topic.
Find and Select Sources
Let the students watch the lesson titled Finding & Evaluating Sources for Research, then look at some source materials and debate whether or not they are credible. Have them conduct Internet searches, visit the library or brainstorm other ways of locating or evaluating sources.
Once the students have chosen a main topic, have them brainstorm ways that they can expand upon it. Let them suggest related ideas and discuss how these may be integrated into the project, or they may look at additional question to determine whether or not they are suited to the current project.
1. How to Answer a Question with a Research Project
You have been given a question and your assignment is to answer it with a research project. But, where do you begin? What should you do first? This video lesson will respond to those queries in order to help you answer a question with a research project.
2. How to Create a Main Question for a Research Project
When given a research assignment, you often must first create a main question that will be the central focus of your project. This video lesson will help you create that main question.
3. Tips for Locating Research Materials
The process of preparing a research paper for academic or employment purposes can be a difficult task. There are some basic tips for how to locate research materials such as online, books, periodicals, etc.
4. Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate
Learn how to do research that is credible and accurate by evaluating your sources for how relevant the information is, how verifiable the information is, and how unbiased your source is after listening to this lesson on how to do reliable research!
5. Finding & Evaluating Sources for Research
Not everything you read on the Internet is true. This video will help you navigate through different online sources and evaluate the validity of those sources to ensure that you can trust the information you use as part of your research.
6. Choose More Questions to Broaden a Research Project
You have created a research project. Now that you are finished, what type of extension questions can you create to broaden your topic? This video lesson will answer that question and help you extend your research project.
7. Writing a Research Paper: Sections & Length
In this lesson, we will focus on how to write a research paper, particularly focusing on the sections you should include in the paper. We will also review the differences in length and expectations from a short research paper to a more in-depth one.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA - Writing Grades 11-12: Standards course
- Write Arguments: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1
- Write Informative Texts: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2
- Write Narratives: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.3
- Write Clear Essays: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.4
- Planning & Revising Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.5
- Use Technology for Writing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.6
- Gather Relevant Information: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8
- Write Routinely: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.10