English Language Arts Grade 11-12
Writing Standard 8
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
Puzzles, not Pieces: Evaluating Sources (Day 4 of 5)
This is day four of a five day unit teaching students strong research skills for a "white paper" style research paper (can be modified for any procon research assignment). For the purpose of this assignment, the white paper is an argumentative piece which introduces a problem and argues a solution to that problem.
In this team taught lesson, students will learn how to evaluate sources for credibility.
Puzzles, not Pieces: Smart Searching (Day 3 of 5)
This is day three of a five day unit teaching students strong research skills for a "white paper" style research
paper (can be modified for any procon research assignment). For the purpose of this assignment, the white
paper is an argumentative piece which introduces a problem and argues a solution to that problem.
In this teamtaught lesson, students will continue to learn that researching is not a linear process. Students will
learn to adjust their topic based on what information is available (with their presearch). Focus will be on
finding good search terms and thinking outside of the box to gather evidence.
Senior Capstone 2: Using Databases and Library Catalog
This lesson plan introduces databases and the library catalog to students who are completing the Senior Capstone project.
Senior Capstone 3: Using Databases and Summarizing
Students actively research their individual topics for valid sources using CRAAP tool in the Media Lab or in the classroom equipped with a mobile lab.
Students select "best" sources from both print and digital "pools" and complete a rhetorical précis on each source that will be used/cited in their research papers.
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