LAFS.6.W.3.7

Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: 6
Strand: Writing Standards
Idea: Level 4: Extended Thinking &Complex Reasoning
Date Adopted or Revised: 12/10
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
1000000: M/J Intensive Language Arts (MC) (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
1000010: M/J Intensive Reading 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021 (current), 2021 and beyond)
1000020: M/J Intensive Reading and Career Planning (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 and beyond (current))
1001010: M/J Language Arts 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
1001020: M/J Language Arts 1 Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
1002000: M/J Language Arts 1 Through ESOL (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
1002180: M/J English Language Development (MC) (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
1006000: M/J Journalism 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021 (current), 2021 and beyond)
1007000: M/J Speech and Debate 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2021 (current), 2021 and beyond)
1008010: M/J Reading 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021 (course terminated))
1008020: M/J Reading 1, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021 (course terminated))
1100000: M/J Library Skills/Information Literacy (MC) (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
1700060: M/J Career Research and Decision Making (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7810011: Access M/J Language Arts 1  (Specifically in versions: 2013 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
1002181: M/J Developmental Language Arts Through ESOL (Reading) (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
1007025: M/J Speech and Debate (Specifically in versions: 2015 - 2019, 2019 and beyond (current))
1400025: M/J Peers as Partners in Learning (Specifically in versions: 2019 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
LAFS.6.W.3.AP.7a: Follow steps to complete a short research project (e.g., determine topic, locating information on a topic, organizing information related to the topic, drafting a permanent product).

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Formative Assessments

Curious Minds Want to Know:

The student will conduct a short research project in order to answer a self-formulated question or to answer a question posed by the teacher. The student will research two to three sources and complete a directed note-taking graphic organizer.

Type: Formative Assessment

Conducting Short Research with Eyes of the Sphinx:

The student will read a poem using the active reading strategy of questioning the text. After reading the poem, the student will categorize his or her questions and conduct a short research project drawing on several sources to answer the question.

Type: Formative Assessment

Judging the Law with Inquiry:

The student will read a grade-level-appropriate nonfiction text and generate questions about the reading. After a class discussion about the questions generated, the student will choose a question to research. Students will use various resources available for their short research project. While researching, the student will refocus his/her research question if necessary.

Type: Formative Assessment

How Can I Survive? :

The student will conduct research in order to answer a question posed by the teacher or to answer a self-formulated question. The student will read several informational texts to answer the research question, refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Type: Formative Assessment

Lesson Plans

Hooray for Bone Health!:

Students will learn about the musculoskeletal system with a focus on the skeletal system. In addition, students will be able to incorporate the importance of bone density and ways of improving it by helping to select the best weight bearing cardio machine for their fitness center.

Type: Lesson Plan

Destination Poland and Germany:

This lesson was designed to provide students the opportunity to conduct research using a variety of print and electronic resources in order to gather information about the countries of Poland and Germany. In small groups, the students will scavenger through online and print resources including: a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, and atlas. They will create a poster with the accompanying information to present to the whole class. This lesson is usually taught at the start of the Holocaust novel study unit Daniel's Story by Carol Matas, however, it can easily be adapted for any country or novel.

Type: Lesson Plan

Positive Steps: Using The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens:

In this multi-day lesson, students will become familiar with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. In addition to taking ownership of the habits by tracking their own Personal Bank Account, students will work collaboratively to conduct brief research and create a presentation on one of the habits. After sharing their multimedia presentations with the class, students will determine which one is most important to them personally. Students will write a response to explain how that habit can provide a positive personal impact.

Type: Lesson Plan

Understanding Decimals:

These games and activities help students investigate the relationship between fractions and decimals, focusing on equivalence.

Type: Lesson Plan

Teaching Idea

A is for Ancient Egypt:

This teaching idea describes a project sixth graders participated in after studying Ancient Egypt. Students created topics to feature in a children's alphabet book, and they researched, wrote, and illustrated a page for each letter of the alphabet on Egyptian related topics.

Type: Teaching Idea

Unit/Lesson Sequence

The Black Snowman, An Interdisciplinary Unit:

This lesson will involve work in oral language, concepts of print, spelling, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing with the use of one book, The Black Snowman.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Hooray for Bone Health!:

Students will learn about the musculoskeletal system with a focus on the skeletal system. In addition, students will be able to incorporate the importance of bone density and ways of improving it by helping to select the best weight bearing cardio machine for their fitness center.

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