ELA.12.C.4.1

Conduct research on a topical issue to answer a question and synthesize information from a variety of sources.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: While the benchmark does require that students consult multiple sources, there is no requirement that they use every source they consult. Part of the skill in researching is discernment—being able to tell which information is relevant and which sources are trustworthy enough to include.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 12
Strand: Communication
Standard: Researching
Date Adopted or Revised: 08/20
Status: State Board Approved

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ELA.12.C.4.AP.1: Summarize research on a topic to answer a question from a variety of sources.

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Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court: Riding the Circuit:

In this lesson for Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court, students will review the research presented in the text to explain the roles of the Supreme and Lesser courts.

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Resumes Part 2: Writing a Resume's Experience Section:

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ECE Career Paths Part 1: Career Research:

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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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The Specifics of Supply and Demand:

This lesson is designed to teach the specifics of supply and demand. Determinants, as well as effects on supply and demand, will be covered. Students will then be asked to research headlines and analyze the supply and demand represented in the news articles.

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Budgeting: Finding Personal Financial Success:

During this lesson, students will learn about budgets, checking and savings accounts, and interest. They will then have a research activity to focus on their future lives, which they will use to create a budget for their lives after they have finished their education and/or job training. This budget will be created using a spreadsheet or other technology to explore how various factors, such as interest rates, will affect their budget and necessary income.

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Privacy: A Matter of National Security?:

In this lesson, students will embark upon a journey of espionage and inquire how the rights of one can become a barrier for the greater good of a nation. This is the first lesson in a three-part unit evaluating the concept of privacy, surveillance, and technology. After learning briefly about former NSA agent Edward Snowden, students will research to find more information on Snowden’s actions and surrounding events. activity will require students to use textual support, reasoning and relevancy of the text, and analyze an author's claims. Students will synthesize the arguments, information, and claims within the text to participate in a class debate on whether Snowden is should be celebrated or considered a traitor.

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Emily Dickinson: Poet Extraordinaire of Language, Time, and Space: Part 2:

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Emily Dickinson: Poet Extraordinaire of Language, Time, and Space: Part 1:

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Styrofoam Eliminators:

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Dietary Lifestyle Decision:

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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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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 :

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To Sue or Not to Sue? :

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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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STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

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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