Aug. 29, 2007: Research Resources
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1. Draw a picture of something you would like to learn more about. Write three questions you would like to have answered under your picture.
2. Prepare yourself for research. Divide a piece of paper into three columns. Use these headings for your columns: (1) Activities I know how to do for research, (2) New activities I will do in the future, and (3) Places I will look to find information. Now fill in your columns.
3. Find newspaper stories that give you ideas about topics to research -- a topic about science, a topic about history and a topic about cultural activities. List your headlines on a piece of paper. Put a star by the topic that interests you the most.
4. How do each of these things help you do research: (a) a library, (b) the Internet, (c) a person who knows about your topic, and (d) a quiet study space?
5. Select a topic you would like to research from a newspaper story. Now find information about your topic in each of these resources: (a) the newspaper, (b) an encyclopedia, (c) the Internet, and (d) a nonfiction book. Write a paragraph about your topic using the information from these resources.
This week's standards:
- Students use a variety of technological and information resources to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge. (English-Language Arts)
- Students conduct
research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions,
and by posing problems. They communicate their discoveries in ways that
suit their purpose and audience. (English-Language Arts)
(standards by Dr. Sherrye D. Garrett, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)