Research Steps

#1 - OPEN
Invitation to inquiry, open minds, and think about the assignment that your teacher just presented to your class.

Video to help motivate you as you begin your research project...click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/WHt7a1Ou4Os - Assignment Survival Guide

#2 - IMMERSE

I am not sure what I am interested in researching yet.

I am taking time to explore and learn about all the possible topics I can choose from.

Video to help guide you as you start exploring ideas...click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/jj-F6YVtsxI - Mapping Your Research Ideas

Web Tools to help you learn about your topic...click on the title to OPEN the weblink.

https://newsela.com/ - Online news website that presents a variety of current news topics.

https://www.si.edu/explore - Smithsonian website that let you explore all different topics.

https://www.tweentribune.com/ - Online news website that presents a variety of current news topics.

https://news.google.com/ - Google news website that presents a variety of current news topics.

https://wonderopolis.org/ - Website to explore on the different things you may wonder about.

http://www.instructables.com/ - This website provides step-by-step instruction on how to do all different things.

https://www.britannica.com/ - Free online encyclopedia to research any topic.

https://www.procon.org/ - Looking for a controversial topic, this website presents the pros and cons of all different topics.

#3 - EXPLORE

I am narrowing the topics that interests me that I might want to research more in depth.

I am looking to see if some of these topics are good topics that have enough information that I can research.

Video to help you brainstorm ideas...click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/yAidvTKX6xM - Six Creative Ways to Brainstorm Ideas.

Web Tools to help you brainstorm ideas...click on the title to OPEN the weblink.

bubbl.us - This is an easy to use mind mapping website to easily brainstorm new ideas.

Padlet.com - Express your ideas and thoughts on this virtual wall from any device on the web.

#4 - IDENTIFY

I know what topic I am interested in researching.

I am working on a set of questions to help guide my research.

Video to help guide you as you identify a good research topic...click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/LWLYCYeCFak - Developing a Good Research Question

https://youtu.be/zxMsZsNw47U - How to Choose a Good Research Topic

Documents to help you identify what you know/don't know...click on the title to OPEN the document.

KWHLAQ Chart - This chart will help you identify and organize what you know about your research topic. What is it that you know? What do you want to learn? What questions will help guide your search?

#5 - GATHER

I have a clear idea of what I need to research.

I have a clear set of questions that will help guide my research.

I know what resources are available to help me and how to use those resources productively.

I know how to evaluate websites and choose appropriate websites to support my research.

I will document and organize the information that I learn during this research phase.

Video to help guide you as you do your research...click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/R0DQfwc72PM - How to Google like a pro.Learn the top 10 techniques search for information on Google.

https://youtu.be/PbvqKaVZxUw - What is the CRAAP Test? This is a quick overview to help you understand how to evaulate websites you may come across during your research.

https://youtu.be/Oo4nd-VK7nA - How to use EBSCO Explora Database to find information.

https://youtu.be/syaJQlzVxBE - How to search for a book in our library using Destiny Discover Catalog.

Documents to help you gather information during your research...click on the title to OPEN the document.

CRAAP Website Evaluation Test - Not all websites are quality websites. Use this to help evaluate the websites you will use to gather information for your research.

Research Graphic Organizer - Use this research graphic organizer to organize your information as you research your topic.

#6 - CREATE

I'm ready to compile all the information that I learned in my research.

I will begin to plan and create my final product to present my newly learned ideas and information in an organized presentation.

Documents to help you organize your information to plan your presentation...click on the title to OPEN the document.

General Presentation Guide - This will help guide you as you begin planning your final presentation to share the information you learned during your research.

https://youtu.be/xeJA507xL8I - 5 website with FREE Templates

https://youtu.be/tdp6xZboRhY - 3 presentation tools you can use to create your final presentation

#7 - SHARE

I'm ready to share what I learned with the class and beyond.

Video to help guide you...click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/S5c1susCPAE - Examples of Good and Bad Presentation Public Speaking Tips.

https://youtu.be/MnIPpUiTcRc - How to Give a Great Presentation


#8 - EVALUATE

Time to reflect on what I learned, what I would do differently next time, or what other topics I would like to research further.

Video to help guide you...click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/q_xXE0_LmtY - Quick video on why reflection is important for students.

Web Tools to help you brainstorm ideas...click on the title to OPEN the weblink.

Reflection Journal - This is a reflection journal to help you evaluate your progress throughout your research process.