Students learn research skills, such as finding information and evaluating sources.
Inquiry & Research unit contains 4 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Inquiry & Research Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
Generating Inquiry Questions
Students learn strategies to generate useful questions and work in groups to generate questions in support of a research project. Then, they learn to clarify their questions to accurately tailor the results they seek. They differentiate between informal inquiries, designed to answer questions, and formal inquiries, designed for research and writing projects.
Finding Reliable Information
Students learn to search for information online. They use specific search terms to find relevant information from multiple sources. Then, they learn to refine their searches based on search results and analyze results. Next, they learn to examine and analyze sources for reliability, credibility, bias, and faulty reasoning.
Primary and Secondary Sources
Students learn to differentiate between primary and secondary sources. Next they evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each type of source. Then they conduct a search to identify primary and secondary sources for a given topic. Finally they use the sources they found to write a short informative piece.
In Your Own Words
Students explore what plagiarism, paraphrasing, and intellectual property are. Then they learn tips for successful paraphrasing and they practice the skill. Finally, they learn to cite sources and develop a bibliography.