I-Search Can work for YOU
Research Skills that can help with your Holocaust Project
Step 1: Select a Topic
Review and highlight key terms or descriptions.
Decide what you want to learn more about: a certain person from the Holocaust history or a specific concentration camp?
Think and explore what you are interested in.
Step 2: Find Information
In your own words, write some questions down about the person or camp you want answered.
Now, start exploring resources. You may be asking yourself, where do I go for resources?
Background information can be found in textbooks, non-fiction books, biography books, class notes, and even Wikipedia. Continue with other resources on the internet such as websites, databases, blogs, pod-casts, and videos. Don'f forget your librarian is a resource, too.
Use a variety of resources:
A place to work and gather information
Visit with Librarian for help
Example set of questions for a biography.
Here are some possible questions you could write down to guide your research.
Who was she? Why was she important? Where did she live? What happened during the Holocaust time period? When did this time period occur? How old was she?
Step 3: Use Information
As you view resources, be sure to check for validity and accurate information. Is this resource a valuable resources? Does it have accurate information? Does it offer information for to support or answer my questions?
Use your questions to take notes. Use the resources to answer your questions.
Remember the following tips from your librarian:
- .edu and .org are better than plain old .com websites
- you want to use a variety of resources or medias to gather your information
- use the note-card method to gather information and cite resources (notes on one side and resource information on the back) - this will help you with your citation on your final product
Step 4: Develop a Final Product
Review your assignment sheet from Mrs. Decker. She listed a variety of ways to compose your final product. Pick one that interests you and start putting your research notes into your final product. When done, review your work to make sure you are satisfied with it. Is it your best work?
Share your research work and submit it.
or use your favorite web 2.0 tool
Best Work Award
Be sure to review your final product.
Is this your best work?
Share your work.
Send your final product out to your teacher and classmates.
Common Core Connection
PA Common Core Standards
- CC.1.2.G - Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Diverse Media
- CC.1.3.G, H, K - Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Sources of Text and Text Analysis; Range of Reading
- CC.1.4.S, U, V, W - Respond to Literature; Technology/ Publication; Conducting Research; Credibility, Reliability, and Validity of Resources
- CC.8.5 - Students read, understand, and respond to informational text - with emphasis on textual evidence.
- CC.8.6 - Students write for different purposes and audiences. Students write clear and focused text to convey a well-defined perspective and appropriate content.
- CC.15.4.K, L - Digital Media; Technology Research