Inquiring in the 21st-Century
Steps to Becoming a 21st-Century Researcher
Violent video games
Social networking at young ages
Junk food in schools
(CCSS: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.)
- What is a topic that I find interesting?
- What are the two sides of this controversial topic?
- How is it affecting a certain population or the world?
- What do we need to do to help solve this problem?
- And most importantly--is this a topic that I find intriguing?
(CCSS: Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.)
(Make sure you're finding information that is useful)
(CCSS: Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.)
- Organize your information
- Compare evidence
- Draw Conclusions
(CCSS: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.)
Keep in mind that you need to:
- Be CREATIVE in your presentation
- Use visual, verbal, and written practice in your presentation
- Use technology (i.e Animoto, Sliderocket, Photopeach, Present.me etc.).
(CCSS: Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.)
- Self-reflection is a great way to learn and improve in future projects
- Peer CONSTRUCTIVE criticism is also a great way to learn
- Evaluate how you now feel on the topic you chose. Did your opinion change from start to finish?
(CCSS: Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.)