Reflection: Complex Tasks Putting The Research Together - Section 2: Guided Investigation


Young researchers often have difficulty putting information into their own words. In the day of web-research, there is a great temptation to copy and paste from a website into an electronic document and call it done. We spend a lot of time talking about strategies for gathering information and re-writing it in your own words. I tell students that in college, plagiarism is 5 words in sequence from another's text. We are not as stringent in the fourth grade classroom, but we do talk about limiting the number of words that are directly copied without quotations.

Some strategies I give students are:

1. read the text paragraph-by-paragraph. At the end of each paragraph, close your eyes and restate the main ideas, then jot them down.

2. Have someone read the information to you slowly and take notes as they read. 

These strategies are helpful in assisting students to produce their own work based on the research of others.


  Teaching About Plagiarism
  Complex Tasks: Teaching About Plagiarism
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Putting The Research Together

Unit 8: Science Exploration Research Projects
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: Students will learn how to prepare the final draft of a research project.

Big Idea: Students will learn about the necessary components of a research paper and practice using a graphic organizer to plan their writing.

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