Real Research Project
Real research is not about hunting and gathering facts (often out of context) from random documents that support what you already know to be true. Instead, real research is about getting metacognitive. It is about thinking about your thinking and then looking forward to changing your thinking when you learn about a question that you are authentically curious about. If you are not approaching research tasks in this way, you are wasting your time.
Establish your thinking about the topic.
The topic: Technology
Brainstorm and brain dump by creating lists, webs, and even drawings to establish what you already know. Then...
Compose 5 formal paragraphs on each subtopic. Each should have a topic sentence, supporting details, specific examples, and conclude with a statement of fact.
Now that you have established an opinion, it's time to substantiate your ideas or (even better) evolve your thinking.
Read, annotate, and complete a note taking sheet for your assigned article.
Share your thinking and findings with the class. Using the following powerpoint as a guide, be prepared to give a rapid fire presentation to the class on November 10th.
- Now that you have reflected on your group work and received peer feedback, narrow your list of questions to 3 researchable inquiries. How do you know it is researchable?
- Show that you understand the research process by coming to a conclusion about one question after one class period of research. Refer to your notes on the research process to complete this task successfully.
- Your conclusion should be stated in the form of a formal 1-page response using cited evidence to support your thinking.
Your one-page response and 1 paragraph revision is due at the beginning of class on Monday, November 16th.
Reflect on this experience: Compare your 6 compositions and answer the following questions:
- What does strong research writing look like?
- How can you ensure you are using your time effectively when you research?
- Will you commit to conducting real research in your future classes? What does this mean, what does this look like, what does this not look like?
- What is your research process and why is it important to understand and practice?