Course Objective: Sixth graders will work towards power standards with a Guided Inquiry Design project that opens them to current events happening in our world and in the school community and then allows them to explore areas of interest and share their findings through a project. We will learn to use the resources available in the library for research purposes, and practice skimming and scanning nonfiction text, note taking, evaluating websites, how to use databases, and avoiding plagiarism. This process will reinforce reading and organization skills, see them practice the use of paraphrasing and citation, and also dive into source evaluation.
Open on Mirrors & Windows - what we talk about when we talk about reading
Immersion and Exploration in interests - databases and print resources
Identification of topic - development of Essential Questions
Gathering information about topic - refining research, citing, and note taking
Creation of learning product after proposal - how best to present information?
Sharing of findings with appropriate audience - my research in a real world context