Standard 4: Researching

General Information
Number: ELA.12.C.4
Title: Researching
Type: Standard
Subject: English Language Arts (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 12
Strand: Communication

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Summarize research on a topic to answer a question from a variety of sources.

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Lesson Plans

ECE Career Paths Part 1: Career Research:

Students will research a desired early childhood education career path, including identifying any specific skills, industry certification or degree requirements. Students will share their research with a partner and devise a plan to present their information to the class.

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ECE Career Paths Part 4: Professional Development:

Students will explore professional development opportunities from various early childhood education agencies in this lesson plan. Students will compile information into a resource collection used for their professional portfolio, to be referenced later in their career development. Students will identify areas of interest for professional development and focus on opportunities related to their areas of interest.


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Comparing Unsecured Loans:

Students will conduct research to identify, compare, and discuss characteristics of personal loans, student loans, and unsecured credit cards in this lesson plan.

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Comparing Secured Loans:

Students will conduct research to identify, compare, and discuss characteristics of auto loans, mortgages, and secured credit cards, in this lesson plan.

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Defining Fitness Roles :

Using the case study, "Scope of Practice Predicament" (CPALMS Resource #209586), students will organize the potential roles and responsibilities that exist for each professional that is present in the text. Once students have completed organizing the job tasks, they will conduct research into existing federal medical laws to create their own laws to protect fitness professionals, health and wellness facilities, and patients/clients.

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Art as a Career:

In part 1 of this unit, students identified the work of several local artists. They became familiar with various visual art related careers. In this lesson, part 2, students will choose one visual art related career to research in order to determine requisite skills, identify qualifications, analyze supply-and-demand, compare market location, and estimate potential earnings for the chosen career. 

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Sources of Income:

Students will conduct research to explore then compare and contrast different sources of income, in this lesson plan.

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The Importance of Professionalism in the Workplace:

Using the case study, "Training Day: The Importance of Professionalism in the Workplace," students will research proper business etiquette and effective workplace communication. 

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Factors Affecting Income:

Students will conduct research to synthesize information on two different career choices, their education requirements, and necessary technical skills then analyze how different factors can affect income, in this lesson plan.


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Unsecured and Secured Loans:

Students will conduct research to identify characteristics of secured and unsecured loans, in this lesson plan.

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Styrofoam Eliminators:

This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) is written at a 5th grade level. The Styrofoam Eliminators MEA provides students with an engineering problem in which they must work as a team to design a procedure to select the best alternative to using Styrofoam trays in school cafeterias.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

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Avoiding Debt:

Using the case study, “A Journey to Becoming Debt Free,” students will engage in a discussion about the case, do research on what good versus bad credit looks like, consider the causes and effects of incurring debt, and research different methods for avoiding debt. Students will summarize their findings and post their summaries on a discussion board to share with the class.

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Dietary Lifestyle Decision:

Using the case study, “The Healthy Meal Choice,” students will survey and discuss their ideas about personal choices regarding food lifestyle choices, and the impact on changing meal planning to include dietary changes for medical condition and family integration. Upon consensus within the group, students will research and plan updated meals for the family in the case study.


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Fundraising Activity:

This lesson is part 2 in a series of 3 lessons where students determine a group or cause in need of funding, create a fundraising plan, and present their plan to a “board of directors.” In part 1, students researched and compared fundraising ideas from various sources, including their own experience with fundraising activities or events. Students also researched fundraising rules in the state of Florida to determine the necessary forms and information needed to legitimize their fundraisers. In this lesson plan, part 2, students will use their research to determine an innovative way to fundraise for their chosen group or cause and will prepare an outline and an oral presentation to be given in part 3 of the lesson series.

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Guilt Trip :

Using the case study, Guilt Trip, students will have a better understanding of market segmentation and how it is not only defined by demographics but also lifestyle preferences. They will also have a better understanding of how their own personality types influence their choices as well as their relationships with others, including their friends. Accordingly, this will further facilitate their understanding of how individual personality traits influence travel decisions, particularly where two or more travelers are involved.

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Hard and Soft Skills:

Students will be able to define hard and soft skills and why they are important to the workplace. Students will also research specific Information Technology hard skills and self-assess their own hard and soft skills. Students will develop strategies and goals to strengthen their career skills in this lesson plan.



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Hospitality and Federal Regulations:

Using the case study, “Will this Stay be ADA compliant?” students will identify federal regulations that public and private businesses must adhere to for guests.

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Meal Planning and Budgeting for Families :

Using the case study, “Dining Out Dilemma: How to Meal Plan and Budget for Busy Families," students will research and identify meal planning, budgeting and comparative shopping strategies that families can use to save money.

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Researching Employee Benefits :

Using case study, Employers Supporting Employees, students will conduct research on a variety of employer-provided benefits. Students will then use their research to brainstorm an idea for an outcome to the case study.

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Summer Job or Future Career: Researching Careers in Agriculture :

Using the case study, “Summer Job or Future Career?” students will research possible careers in the agriculture industry. They will research how many years of college they will need and the projected pay. They will also investigate the job outlook, or need, for this field in Florida.

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To Sue or Not to Sue? :

Using the case study, “Inspiration vs Copyright Infringement,” students will use the case study to create arguments to affirm and negate both sides of an argument presented in the case. The students will use their notes, research, and personal knowledge to build their cases.  At the end of the class, students will write a summary explaining the case using evidence and research.


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What are the steps of starting a business? :

Using the case study, “To Start or Not Start a Business,” students will research the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of business ownership. Students will then provide a recommendation for a corresponding case study scenario. Students will also discuss vocabulary on business management to help better understand the process of starting a business.

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