Develop two research questions and write three sub-questions for each
|Developing a research question:What do I want to learn about? Use Sirs Discoverer to help you look at topics that you might be interested in. After reading some magazine or newspaper articles, books or encyclopedias try to develop a main question and sub questions. |
What -is, are, was, were, did, does, can, could , would, should, will, might
Why - is, are, was, were, did, does, can, could, would should, will, might
How- is, are, were, did, does, can, could, would, should, will, might
Which- is, are, was, were, did, does, can, could, would, should, will, might
Decide what sources of information are best for you to use
- print sources in the library (books, encyclopedias, reference books, magazines, newspapers, interviews with people,videos)
- Information from databases
- Web pages from the Internet (make sure they are appropriate to answer your question)
- Which information source should I use? Click here to access a chart to guide you in your search for information.
Locate at least three sources of two different types for each question you develop. On the actual assessment day you will find out which question you will learn about.
Submit two note cards to your teacher and librarian. The research question and three sub questions should be on the card along with a works consulted showing three sources of information that you have located.
On your two days of
Elementary Performance Assessment
Gather information, organize your information, write a paper, create a PowerPoint presentation, practice presenting your information.
As soon as you know your question, read your question and sub-question and take note of any changes made. Locate the information you will need. Take time to seek out the most appropriate information for you. Start reading print materials, print web based resources, highlight important information, take notes.
Organize all the data you have to answer the three sub questions. You may need to do additional research before you write your paper. Proof read your paper and be sure you have an effective introduction and conclusion. Work on transitions between each paragraph. Be sure to record the sources you used using the correct format in your Works Consulted.
Create a PowerPoint presentation that will help you to present what you learned.
Be sure that the presentation will be a guide to remind you what you want to talk about when you give your oral presentation. The PowerPoint will act as your note cards to cue you.
Practice your oral presentation at the Smart Board several times.
To learn more about the research process, check out the Big6™.
Day Three - Oral Presentation
Come to school with confidence that this is a special day where you get to share information that you have learned.
Present to the two teachers who will score your oral presentation.
Reflect on how well you did. What could you do differently next time? How can you use your new skills as a researcher for other questions you may have?
Your teacher will meet with you and give you feedback about your performance and help you to learn to identify strengths and areas of growth.