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Be Definite Explanation
Define the task:
- Reread your task sheet
- Highlight the keywords and phrases
- Identify content and instructional words
- Record Due Date in your diary
Explore your topic:
- Identify the specific aspects of this topic that you are going to investigate
- Warm up your brain to this topic eg. brainstorm, scan books, play games, look at images, etc.
- What don't I know? What do I need to know to answer my focus questions?
- Refine your investigation focus if necessary
- Do you need a Research Planner?
Find your resources:
- Which resources do you think will be most useful?
- Where do you think you will find the answers to your questions?
- Aim for a variety of resources eg. encyclopedias, information books, web pages, etc.
Inspect and select:
- Check the Contents and Index pages of books
- Scan the relevant pages in the resource for your keywords/synonyms
- Read the sentence or paragraph that contains the keyword(s)
- Does this resources provide useful information? If not, then move onto another or seek suggestions from a teacher
- Choose an appropriate note making format
- Check Hale's collection of Learning Scaffolds
- Choose one that suits your tak and learning style
- Use keywords and phrases to avoid plagiarism
- Organize your information
- How can you combine information from difference sources?
- Which facts are important? Which facts are not needed?
Translate your notes:
- Revisit your focus questions (brainstorm?)
- Do you have enough knowledge to speak as an authority?
- Draft your response
Evaluate the process:
- What did you learn from this unit?
- Ask yourself-
- How well did I complete each "DEFINITE" stage?
- Which stages were easy?
- Which ones did I avoid or ignore?