When You know better, you do betteR!
Today, we are rolling up our sleeves and digging deep into the world of research. As a group, please take a second to do the following:
1. Create a page in your TB called "RESEARCH BREAKDOWN"
2. Create a box at the top and complete this statement as a group "To me, research is . . . "
3. Share ideas as a class.
4. Now, create a second box entitled "How do we do it?" and come up with at least 3 bulleted steps your group thinks are necessary for meaningful research.
5. Create a third box and research "THE BIG 6". As a group, take notes in TB and decide what steps really need to be made to effectively research. Try these links for help: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School's Big 6 Guide,
Kent School System, KYVL Organizer, and the Calloway County Middle School Big 6 Organizer.
Now that you've thought about the method, take a few minutes to reflect on your topic. In your TB, create a new page called, "My Crimes Against Humanity" Research Brainstorm. At the top, begin working through your thesis. If you get stuck, look back at your notes or go to this organizer by Jim Burke. Once you have a solid working thesis, your next step is to outline your ideas and begin research (outline templates), (more outline templates) using notecards (either electronic or handmade). I use Hughes Middle School's step by step notecard process. Check it out. I also use this resource from New Berlin Schools. When all else fails, I go to this handy-dandy packet from Fayette County Schools. I've found it helpful!
Whew - this seems scary, I know. It's not. Remember, you're safe in here "to learn, discover, and understand."
Have fun with this. I'm here - let me know how I can help you. Comment below to let me know how the process went today.
Kimberly Barrett, NBCT, Bachelor of Arts of English, Murray State University, 1996, Master's Degree in English, MSU, 2004
Blessed to teach since 1996, I spend my days doing exactly what I've always wanted to do . . . TEACH. I'm married to the sweetest man alive, Tim, and we have two beautiful babies, Marlee Rose and Beau Wilson.