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Big 6 Student Packet

  1. 1. Name________________________________Section___ The Big6™ Skills The Big6 is a process model of how people of all ages solve an information problem. 1. Task Definition 1.1 Define the information problem 1.2 Identify information needed (to solve the information problem) o What is my current task? o What are some topics or questions I need to answer? o What information will I need? 2. Information Seeking Strategies 2.1 Determine all possible sources (brainstorm) 2.2 Select the best sources o What are all the possible sources to check? o What are the best sources of information for this task? 3. Location and Access 3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically) 3.2 Find information within sources o Where can I find these sources? o Where can I find the information in the source? 4. Use of Information 4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch) 4.2 Extract relevant information o What information do I expect to find in this source? o What information from the source is useful? 5. Synthesis 5.1 Organize from multiple sources 5.2 Present the information o How will I organize my information? o How should I present my information? 6. Evaluation 6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness) 6.2 Judge the process (efficiency) o Did I do what was required? o Did I complete each of the Big6 Stages efficiently?
  2. 2. The "Big6™" is copyright © (1987) Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz. For more information, visit: www.big6 Name______________________________________Section _______ GETTING STARTED IN THE SEARCH PROCESS Directions: Complete the sentence starters below. Give specific details in additional sentences wherever possible. 1. The topic I selected for my research project is 2. The reason I care about this topic is 3. Something I already know about this topic before I begin my research is 4. I learned this fact (above) from 5. Recall the task for your research. Brainstorm THREE questions that will help you to find your information and to complete the task. a. Describe the biography of your famous person. b. What did your famous person contribute to society? (How did they help mankind?/How did they fight the darkness of the world?) c. How does what this famous person did, connect to the theme of Madeleine L”Engle’s story, A Wrinkle In Time? Use supporting evidence to form or evaluate your opinions and judgments about central ideas that are relevant to this task. “How did this person fight the ‘Dark Thing’?” Explain the connections between information you have learned through your research and your understanding of the author’s purpose in telling this story. 7. My search terms are (one search term for each guiding question) a. ____________________ ______________________
  3. 3. b. ____________________ ______________________ Name____________________________________________Date__________________________ Bibliography Books: Author Title of Book Date City where Publishing Published Published Company Name Encyclopedia: Title of Encyclopedia Date Volume Page Number numbers Internet: Author Title of Article Date that you Date article Company Website address downloaded it was Assoc with put on web article or website Article in a Periodical (newspaper or magazine)
  4. 4. Title Date Publisher Using Note Cards Why should I use note cards for my notes? Using note cards gives you the opportunity to change the order of your information by grouping and resorting your cards. It is easy to find the information you need when you are putting your presentation together. Because you take notes in your own words (except when you are quoting someone) your report will be yours alone. How do I get started? • Have your research question or topic list with you. • Read a reasonable amount of the resource before writing anything on your card. You are looking for information that will help you answer your question. • Read the section again and select the first fact that you want to use in your research. • Think about how to put it in your own words. • Write the fact on the card. Do not use complete sentences. • Quotations must be in quotation marks and include the name of the person you are quoting. • Write the topic on the card in the top left corner. • Write the resource number and card number in the top right corner. Sample Note Card Topic Source---Card # One fact or a: list list list of very closely related facts
  5. 5. Question: Source # Question: Source #
  6. 6. Question: Where did yoga come from?/History Source # 1 • people in India created yoga as way to prepare for meditations • originated 5000 years ago by man named Patanjali • needed to strengthen their bodies before they could let meditation work on minds • observed how birds/animals moved, stretched, and rested & copied them to come up with a bunch of exercises • combined these movements with breathing exercises –discovered they could sit longer and focus their minds more easily • techniques of body, breath, and mind, have been handed down through the ages • some people think it began in Tibet, Russia as well as Central America • some people think it began with the gods-one in particular : Lord Shiva Don’t forget: -I have a question at the top of my card -I have a source number at the top of my card -I have at least 8 facts about my topic -I do not have any complete sentences and I have paraphrased Life Skills Note Cards – What am I looking for? As we discussed, this is how I am grading you…. Name of student__________________________________________ _______ There should be no complete sentences. _______ At least two note cards of information for each question _______At least enough information to construct a paragraph (5-7) sentences _______ Does not appear to be plagiarized _______Legible, easy to read and neat ______ Your topic is present on each of the note cards ______ source number is at the top of each card Grade 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
  7. 7. Name______________________________________________Date______________ Research Paper Outline Class_____________ Research Outline 1. Introductory Paragraph Opening Sentence/hook ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Supporting ideas or details a._____________________________________________________________ b._____________________________________________________________ c._____________________________________________________________ d._____________________________________________________________ Thesis Statement ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Concluding Sentence ________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ II. Subtopic #1________________________________________________________ Details: a.(opening)________________________________________________________ b.________________________________________________________________ c.________________________________________________________________ d.________________________________________________________________ e.________________________________________________________________ f._______________________________________________________________
  8. 8. g.________________________________________________________________ h. ________________________________________________________________ Concluding sentence: ________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _ III. Subtopic #2__________________________________________________________ Details: a. opening _________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ b. ________________________________________________________________ c.________________________________________________________________ d.________________________________________________________________ e.________________________________________________________________ f.________________________________________________________________ g.________________________________________________________________ h.________________________________________________________________ Concluding sentence: _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________
  9. 9. IV. Subtopic #3 _________________________________________________________ Details: a. opening_________________________________________________________ b.________________________________________________________________ c.________________________________________________________________ d.________________________________________________________________ e.________________________________________________________________ f.________________________________________________________________ g.________________________________________________________________ h. ________________________________________________________________ Concluding sentence: ________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ VII. Concluding Paragraph Details: a. Restate Thesis__________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ b. _________________________________________________________________ _ c. _________________________________________________________________
  10. 10. d. _______________________________________________________________ Outline – What Am I Looking For? _____ Introductory paragraph has between 4-6 sentences in it (including thesis statement, supporting ideas and concluding sentence) ______Subtopics have between 7-9 sentences for each (including opening and closing sentences) _____Thesis statement (or any other sentence for that matter) does not start with: “In the following paper I will explain/discuss…) _____ You do not need to write complete sentences for your outline as it is still written in a note taking format. When you write your essay you will write in complete sentences. _____Opening and concluding paragraphs have thesis statement in them. _____In concluding paragraph- thesis statement is re-written differently. _____Opening sentences are general –does not have specific facts in them. _____ Conclusion has no new information in it –only facts from previous paragraphs. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  11. 11. Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format Books Author(s). Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication Encyclopedia Name of encyclopedia. Copyright year. Volume number, page(s). An article in a periodical (such as a newspaper or magazine) Author(s). “Title of Article.” Title of Source Day Month Year: pages. A web site: Author(s). Name of Page. Date of Posting/Revision. Name of institution/ Organization affiliated with the site. Date of access <electronic address>.
  12. 12. Bowling Bibliography Books: Don Nace. Bowling for Beginners. New York: Sterling Publishers, 2005 Encyclopedia: World Book Encyclopedia. 2000. 2, 245-255. Website: Steven Smith. Bowling Fun. July 2008. National Association for Bowling Members. September 26, 2008 <>
  13. 13. Name___________________________________________Date________________ Essay Checklist Can you answer yes to the following? ______ Title page has student name, topic, date, and section number ______ Essay is double-spaced, 12 font and is easy to read ______Essay has five paragraphs with a minimum of 7-9 sentences in each ______ Essay has opening and closing sentences for each paragraph ______ Essay has transitional words in each paragraph (at least two) _____ Essay has thesis statement in proper spot for both opening and closing paragraphs _____ Essay has no mistakes in grammar, punctuation or spelling _____ Essay begins with a hook sentence _____ Essay has bibliography set up in correct MLA format and has at least 2 sources _____ Essay title page and bibliography are on separate page from essay