Lesson 1: Mastering the big 6 skills
The Research Process
When you create something for a class - a video, PowerPoint, essay, drawing, etc. - you create a product. The research you do in order to create the product is part of a process. A process means that you utilize an ordered list of steps to complete a project.
The Research Process Sequence that we will follow is called The Big 6. There are 6 steps that you complete to create a final product. To learn more about these steps and how they can help you, click HERE to read a short article on the steps. Pay close attention to the order; we will be following these steps as you complete your assignment.
Step 1 - Task Definition: In this step, you must define the information problem, or explain what you need to do, and identify information needed, meaning that you should ask yourself questions about the topic.
Step 2 - Information Seeking Strategies: Now you must determine all possible sources for your project, and select the best sources for the project that you will be completing. Not all types of sources will work for your project.
Step 3 - Location and Access: Once you know what types of sources you need, you must locate these sources in the library or online, and then find information that will be useful to your project within those sources.
Step 4 - Use of information: After you locate your sources, you must engage, or read through, the source to make sure that it will be helpful to your project. Then you have to take notes on the information that you want to include in your project.
Step 5 - Synthesis: This step is all about organizing research that you found in your sources, and then presenting this information in your written report and/or in a presentation to the class.
Step 6 - Evaluation: In this final step, you should look back on your research and judge how well you did on your report and/or presentation, and the process that you followed to complete the assignments.
Complete Lesson 1 in your packet before moving to Lesson 2.