The Research Process High School English


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This is the first of two presentations to accompany our librarian's introduction to research and our school's databases. For this assignment, students will complete a research project in which the process itself is the product (kind of like an i-search). I have a document with the assignment description I'll put in the next part. Feedback welcome. -Kristen

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    1. 1. Research Process Project
    2. 2. Frame Your Research Question <ul><li>Around the topic (relationships) </li></ul><ul><li>With exploratory language (doesn’t suggest you already have an answer) </li></ul><ul><li>With simple straight-forward prose. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Around the Topic <ul><li>Relationships… </li></ul><ul><li>Types Cultural comparison Effects of X on </li></ul><ul><li>sibling marriage/countries divorce </li></ul><ul><li>love gays out/countries death </li></ul><ul><li>frienemies family loyalty/countries distance </li></ul><ul><li>professional caste systems/slavery poverty </li></ul><ul><li>mentor/tee being single as a choice age differences </li></ul><ul><li>rivalry international adoption success </li></ul><ul><li>Business body language education </li></ul>
    4. 4. Exploratory Language <ul><li>How does _____ affect the ____ of relationships? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a difference in how ______ conduct ________ relationships? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do people…. </li></ul><ul><li>What reasons are there for…. </li></ul><ul><li>In comparing ____ and ____, what common traits and distinct differences about _____ emerge? </li></ul><ul><li>What? How? Why? Does/Do? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Simple, Straightforward Prose <ul><li>“ A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and so would Juliet, if she were not Juliet called.” -Willy Shakes </li></ul><ul><li>A) If so many people believe in monogamy, then why does poligamy persist in some places in the United States and in other places in the world? </li></ul><ul><li>B) Why is poligamy still around? </li></ul><ul><li>C) Since poligamy is unfair to women, how can it be constitutional and legal? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Key Word - Synonym List <ul><li>Why is polygamy still around? </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage history polygamist culture </li></ul><ul><li>Mormon religion African marriage rites </li></ul><ul><li>History polygamy multiple wives </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple husbands marriage laws </li></ul><ul><li>Muslim religion harem (?) </li></ul><ul><li>Modern polygamy HBO’s “Big Love” (?) </li></ul>
    7. 7. Types of Information Recent findings as reported in magazines Op-ed articles and columns in newspapers Articles by non-vested journalists Historical narratives Quotes from experts who’ve studied it Encyclopedia summaries of your topic Articles by vested experts Historical summaries First person accounts or interviews Newspaper articles about recent events on your topic Artistic representations Data comparisons Poems addressing your topic Video, film, audio photographs Statistics, numbers Hidden… Are The facts
    8. 8. What Types of Information do I Want? <ul><li>My question: Why is polygamy still around? </li></ul><ul><li>First person accounts </li></ul><ul><li>It’s history - where was it, where it died out </li></ul><ul><li>Numbers - % of polygamists around world and where they are </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews, opinion pieces about why people choose polygamy. </li></ul><ul><li>Court cases, findings, changes in laws? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Hot Diggedy Dog! I’m Ready to Start Researching <ul><li>(Oh wait, all that other stuff was researching too) </li></ul><ul><li>This is the part where I will do exactly what Mr. Lundholm tells me. (Await thunderous applause and rays of sunshine cascading down upon your shoulders) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Table It? Yellow Card “ Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has taken himself a wife.” National Review 25 Jan. 2010: 12 Student Resource Center - Gale. 3 February 2010. About …polygamy of South Af Pres…Zulu tribe in Africa Tabled… … b/c maybe too specific Citation About Notes Why Tabled
    11. 11. Eureka! I Found It (Okay, I found over 500 Its…kinda scary) <ul><li>First result was an article about South Af President marrying a third wife. </li></ul><ul><li>Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has taken himself a wife.(The Week)(Brief article). National Review ハ 62.1 ハ ( Jan 25, 2010): ハ p .12. ハ ( 114 ハ w ords) ハ Show details Full Text : COPYRIGHT 2010 National Review, Inc.Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has taken himself a wife. That makes three: Polygamy is traditional among Mr. Zuma's people, the Zulus, and is legal in South Africa . There have also been two former wives (suicide, divorced). In addition to the three current wives, Mr. Zuma has a fiancee, Gloria Bongi Ngema, age unknown. Estimates of the number of Mr. Zuma's children range from 10 to 19, either two or three of them by the lady he has just wed, and one by the aforementioned fiancee. Mr. Zuma is 67 years old. His supporters are wont to describe him as a &quot;Zulu traditionalist.&quot; A conservative, then? We have alerted our Subscriptions Department. Source Citation &quot;Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has taken himself a wife.&quot; National Review 25 Jan. 2010: 12. Student Resource Center - Gold . Web. 3 Feb. 2010. <>. </li></ul>I chose to table this b/c it mentioned tradition (history?)
    12. 12. Don’t Go to a New Source Yet <ul><li>Open a word doc or email to yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the link to the article. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a list you are developing. </li></ul><ul><li>After five or more sources, it will look like this… </li></ul>
    13. 13. My Source MetaFile <ul><li>Word Doc Kristen Krauss </li></ul><ul><li>Hot Pink (Treasure It) </li></ul><ul><li>Nevin, Tom. &quot;African islands say 'oui' to France: the population of the tiny archipelago of Mayotte has chosen to bid a political 'adieu' to the Comoros and a rousing 'bonjour' to France in a referendum that will wed them forever to La republique. Report by Tom Nevin.&quot; African Business May 2009: 82+. Student Resource Center - Gold . Web. 3 Feb. 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Yellow (Table It) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has taken himself a wife.” National Review 25 Jan. 2010: 12 Student Resource Center - Gale. 3 February 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Red (Trash it) </li></ul><ul><li>Polygamy.(CANADA)(Brief article). Catholic Insight ハ 17.11 ハ ( Dec 2009): ハ p .18(1). ハ ( 152 ハ w ords) ハ Show details Full Text : COPYRIGHT 2009 Catholic InsightBritish Columbia </li></ul>
    14. 14. Congratulations! We’re Half-Way There!