2. Research

I’ve come up with a great question, now what?

You need to do some research!

Let’s look at the word “research.”  The root word is SEARCH and the prefix is RE.  Let’s break these apart.

  • SEARCH – to look for, with purpose
  • RE – again

What does that tell you?

It means you need to do some purposeful SEARCHING… AGAIN and again!  The answer to your driving question must require more than one simple “click.”  It’s going to require several SOURCES.  Hopefully you will be able to find at least one written source and one internet source.

You will need to read those sources CLOSELY.  This means:

  • Read with a pencil in your hand, taking notes as you go.
  • Read all of the TEXT FEATURES, as well as the text.
  • Read it again and again until you understand what the text is saying.
  • Look for patterns and ways of grouping information together (TEXT STRUCTURES) as you read. Pay attention to how the book, article or website is organized. You might want to use the same structure in your own project.

What are some sources you can use?

1.   Your school library.  You can use the Willamette library site to search for books or internet sources.

2.   The West Linn library

3.   The Internet.  Try typing in your search word (or words) followed by the word “kids.”  For example, “global warming kids”.  You will probably find many links to your topic that are in kid-friendly language.

4.  Articles (like Time for Kids)

5.  Interviews with an expert.

4.  A personal observation or experience.

Don’t forget to keep track of your sources!  You will need to mention them (or CITE them) when you share your findings.

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