Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding How to Research Information with Primary and Secondary Sources on America - Section 4: Independent Practice: Researching in Pairs


This project was a DISASTER for students. I can admit that I did not take into consideration the challenges students have at the middle school level with finding research information from the World Wide Web. My more advanced skilled students were able to take the questions posed by the teacher on the project handout and put the information in a beautiful brochure. For students that posed difficulty with researching, I had to provide resources that gave some information about what I wanted students to find on these two groups of people for their project. I will definitely change the handout given to students and tier the project based on the needs of each students in my classroom. The overall products presented by students were informative and accurate in the information found about the people during this time. The main hindrance for students occurred in their use Wikipedia as a reliable website. I had to quickly explain why this website is not credible and help students get back on track with locating information for their final product. Two days were given in class to work on this project. Students were still given time at home to finish up their projects before submitting them on Friday of the next week. The modifications made to the handout you see in the resource section required students to choose three questions from each section of topics to answer about their specific group. In the end, the final products ranged from a compare and contrast brochure with information about both groups or just two different brochures that gave information about the settlers or the Indians. Overall, students gained the skills I wanted them to get in how to research and organized information from various types of sources. In the end, I was pleased with the final product NOT the process used to teach these skills.

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How to Research Information with Primary and Secondary Sources on America

Unit 6: Interdisciplinary Unit: Building ELA Skills Through Historical Documents
Lesson 7 of 11

Objective: SWBAT: gather and cite evidence from multiple print and digital sources to assess the credibility and accuracy of the information on the people who helped expand America.

Big Idea: Settlers vs. Indians: Gathering and Citing Evidence on Who Owned the Land In America

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