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A research process based Big6 created by Michael Eisenburg and Bob Berkowitz. It is a great tool for helping kids learn how to research without the frustration that usually happens when there is too …

A research process based Big6 created by Michael Eisenburg and Bob Berkowitz. It is a great tool for helping kids learn how to research without the frustration that usually happens when there is too much to learn and too many materials from which to choose.

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  • 1. Big6 Research with Aptitude!
  • 2. <iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;http://www.youtube.com/embed/JVEiNZuYgjQ&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allowfullscreen></iframe> You have a research project to do but do not know where to start. With Big6 you will learn the right steps to take whether you are trying to research an animal, buy a car or look for a pair of socks on a cold morning.
  • 3. Step 1 - Task Definition   or What am I researching?   
      • Decide what you want or need to research?
        • What is my topic?
          • Elephants
        • Do I need to narrow my topic?
          • African Elephant
            • Elephants of the Kalahari
      • Decide what information I need to find in order to research the right things.
        • What questions do I have or need to find?
          • What do I already know about these elephants?
          • Food, environment, offspring, herding or loner?
          • Are they endangered?
  • 4. Step 2 - Information Seeking Strategies or  What sources can I use to find my information?
      • Brainstorm places to look - No idea is silly
        • Library books
        • Television programs
        • Internet sites
        • Magazines
        • Zookeepers
      • Choose the sources that will work best for my research.
        • Library Books
        • Internet sites
        • Magazines
  • 5. Step 3 - Location and Access or Where can I find the information will work for my report?
      • Find the sources 
        •  Use WebCat to find a book at school or another school
        • Use the online card catalog at the Public Library to find a book
        • Use a quality search engine such as Google to find some websites
        • Use a magazine index to find an article that will help
      • Decide what information will be most useful
        •  Use the index in books
        • Use critical thinking when deciding on a website
        • Read the entire article in the magazine
        • Put aside those things that won't work as well
  • 6. Step 4 - Use of Information or What can I use to finish my report?
      •  Read Read Read
        •  Look at my questions and find answers within my sources 
      • Extract the information
        • Take Notes
        • Get pictures
        • Download articles
        • Write my rough draft
  • 7. Step 5 - Synthesis or  A fancy word for write the report
      •  Use the sources to write my report and proof read it.
        •  This is where I create my report and make a final copy
        • Make sure all the information is covered
        •   If I am missing something, go back to step 2 & 3 to see what I need to add or find
      • Turn in my final report
        • Make sure I have my bibliography ( I didn't write all this stuff on my own)
        • Make sure all the requirements are met
        • Present to my class or group or turn it in for a grade
  • 8. Step 6 - Evaluation or How did I do from start to finish?
      • How did my final report look?
        • Did I do a good job finding information?
        • Did I turn it in on time?
        • Did I write a report I am proud of presenting?
        • Did I do all the things that were needed?
      • How did I do in researching my information?
        • Did I find the right kind or resources?
        • Did they have the kind of information I needed?
        • Should I have chosen others as well?
        • Did I use my time effectively?
        • Did I get things done on time?
        • How did the process help my research?
  • 9. So there you have it - 6 simple steps - Each one as valuable as the last or the next. With this process, any kind of research is possible from a simple report on how animals find food to a Doctoral Thesis. Simple process Amazing results. Now - Go out and experience this for yourself!