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The Turn of the Century and Aquidneck Island
Today & Tomorrow
Created by: Alison Ernest and Amy Trudeau
for Grades 6-7 and beyond!
Lesson 4: Research
Subjects: Social Studies and Language Arts
Time Frame: 5, 45-minute blocks
Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of 'research' skills.
Summarize and synthesize a variety of articles on topics related to the time period from 1900 to present day.
- Record characteristics connected to people, places and change.
- Graphic organizer
- Sample of articles
- List of suggested topics
- All students are provided with strategies for research and writing.
- Knowledge about notetaking, organizing, and synthesizing information needs to be introduced prior to research.
- Suggested topic list provided to students.
- Final product will be modified according to student's needs.
Discuss themes of geography as they pertain to people, places and change. Use a variety of activities so that students will be able to identify these characteristics in their research, so that purpose is clearly understood.
- Motivate through activating prior knowledge.
- In small groups, students will record characteristics/events that are found in each category pertaining to people, places and change.
- Selection of one topic to research from a teacher generated list (Modify suggested list according to students' interest and readiness level). Modifications to this list should only occur if enough information has been found and is accessible to the student.)
- Use brainstorming sheet to engage students and set purpose. (Criteria sheet should be provided by individual teacher according to desired research format.)
- Allow for 2-3 days of research.
- Have students produce a written outline, rough draft, and final draft of research information.
- Create a bibliography of all text used.
Share key points of topics from individual research papers through an oral presentation.
Follow Up: Students will create a form of nonfiction that displays appropriate nonfiction features as well as research content. (Suggested form: trade book, informative essay, encyclopedia page, textbook chapter, etc.)
- Brainstorming sheet on topics and questions
- Rubric to assess research paper
- Checklist for oral presentation