Research Resources
  • Big 6
    Big6 is a six-stage model to help anyone solve problems or make decisions by using information. Using the Big6 information literacy process, you will identify information, research goals, seek, use, and assemble relevant, credible information, then to reflect— is the final product effective and was my process efficient? The Big6 information literacy process is completely transferable to any grade level, subject area, or workplace.
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition
    color-coded guide from University of Illinois
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  • Research Project for 2nd grade: A Season for Chapters

    Focusing on the beauty of language in poetry and fiction, students learn poetry terms and the beginnings and endings of stories. In preparation for writing informational text, students complete a research project on a seasonal activity from a region of the United States unlike their own. Enjoying the beauty of the language of music through Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, students use their own beautiful language when writing “seasonal” poetry. Students review the roles of authors and illustrators, and read about specific authors and poets. This unit could become a weather unit or a solar system unit by adding topic-specific titles to the informational texts.

  • Research Project-Immigration:Our Changing Voices
    For grades 6-12: Through dialogue, documentation, research, and interviews, students understand their role in society. This unit provides a background to students' family histories, and gives them an opportunity to listen to the voices of immigrants of the past. The students identify the issues involved with the migration of a community or family. By examining the traditional picture of immigration, students then consider their own families to have a better idea of their own history and their own voices.
  • Research Project: The American Dream
    What is the American Dream? Is it the same for all Americans? Is it a myth? Is it simply a quest for a better life? How has the American Dream changed over time? Some see their dreams wither and die while others see their dreams fulfilled. Why? Everyone has dreams about a personally fulfilled life ...what is your dream? Your job is to research the dreams of others. You will then create and publish your interpretation of the "American Dream."
  • Super 3
    Getting students to think of completing tasks as a process is important. It helps them get organized, complete the job, and maintain high standards of quality. The Big6 Information Problem-Solving Process is great but the Super 3 simplifies it for younger children.