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Big Idea: Effective research requires the use of varied resources to gain or expand knowledge.

Darcy Mautino
Big Idea: Critical thinkers actively and skillfully interpret, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information.
JMS Library
October 2016

Library Information Concept: Research Process: Effective Inquiry Grade Band 6-8

Stage 1: Desired Results


Established Goals (English Language Arts, Writing in Science and Technical Subjects, Writing in History and Social
Studies)
CC.1.2.6.J Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather
vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
CC.3.6.6-8.H./ CC.8.6.6-8.H. Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research
Understandings (Students will understand that):

Critical thinkers actively and skillfully


interpret, analyze, evaluate and
synthesize information.
Effective research requires the use of
varied resources to gain or expand
knowledge.

Competencies (Students will know/be able to):

Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and


pursuing inquiry.
Display emotional resilience by persisting in information searching despite
challenges.
Demonstrate confidence and self direction by making independent choices in
the selection of resources and information
Monitor own information-seeking processes for effectiveness and progress,
and adapt as necessary.

What understandings/competencies will be assessed through this task?


Students will understand and be able to utilize a variety of advanced searching techniques (quotation marks, minus sign, site searches, domain searches,
etc) that will assist them in their future research.

Stage 2: Assessment Evidence

Performance Task: Google Search Game

Suggested Grade: 6

Searching Google during research for an assignment can be like finding a needle in a haystack or finding Waldo in a Wheres Waldo book. A
Google search can bring up hundreds of thousands or even millions of search results. It is difficult to sort through such a huge amount of
information, and anything we can do to narrow down the search results would help to make the research process easier!
You and your group are tasked with using the advanced search techniques learned in class to find the answer to a provided question. The
goal is not only to find the answer from a Google search, but to find the answer with the lowest number of search results. By using the search
results taught in class, students will see a dramatic decrease in the number of search results.
43 minute class period

Stage 3 Learning Plan: Sequenced Instructional Strategies and Student Learning Experiences
Performance Task: Google Search Game

Suggested Grades: 6-8

Sequenced teaching and student learning experiences that engage students to develop and demonstrate their
understandings and competencies

Content/Skills: