Reflection: Student Ownership What Does the Reader Want to Know? Creating Research Questions - Section 1: Introduction and Modeling


The way I've designed this research project allow students to have a lot of ownership over what information they want to present and to demonstrate the information in an interesting way. However, many students have never conducted an extensive research project. Before now, they may have worked in a group or been given the topics they were to study with guiding questions to help them focused. That haven't had the experience to know which self-generated questions MUST be answered and which questions are interesting additions. Therefore, they need a little guidance towards any missing questions/topics. For example, you can do a think aloud or have a peer share their observations of the topics another students selected while you facilitate the conversation. This is a great way to reinforce to student writers that they are writing for an audience who may have questions that need to be answered in your writing.

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What Does the Reader Want to Know? Creating Research Questions

Unit 3: World Culture Research Project
Lesson 3 of 13

Objective: SWBAT develop specific questions to help guide their research.

Big Idea: It is challenging to research a big topic and even more difficult to sort through all the information available. Answering specific questions makes the task more manageable.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, research methods (Writing), Research Writing and Practices, research report, research (Writing Process), bibliography (Research Writing), research, 4th grade, topic, question, report, research methods, research question, Fourth Grade
  35 minutes
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