Secondary Student Research Project: Supports Common Core Learning Standards and supports the following conceptual models and thematic units: Journeys, Cultural Identity, Power, and Self-Identity
The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.
The Common Core Learning Standards state “to be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems.”
The "I’ve Got the Power: Power and Identity Common Core Research Project" provides your students with the opportunity to engage activities that reinforce inquiry-based research skills, such as those defined by the Common Core Learning Standards above.
This unit also supports the following overarching themes and concept modules frequently implemented in today’s secondary schools Common Core curriculum: Life's Journeys, Survival, Cultural Identity, Power, and Self-Identity.
This teaching unit includes pre-search activities for students to define the term "powerful" and to generate their own list of people, both past and present, who they consider to be influential or powerful.
In the "I've Got the Power" Research Unit, students will research a person of power, analyze his/her identity, how life-changing experiences and/or the person's culture influenced his ability to gain power and make an impact on others.
Materials include notetaking handouts, source citation examples and worksheets, and research suggestions/questions. For more advanced learners who are also tech savvy, there's a list of suggested research apps and websites for students to use to organize and store their notes - while also helping with source citation.
I've also included the link for my Symbaloo People of Power webmix. The webmix contains links to 52 accessible digital resources relevant to the student's research - both websites and documentaries/media!
Additional activities include keyword search planning and multiple ideas for research assessment. Teachers can choose from informational writing prompts based on information discovered during their students research, utilizing a free technology app/website for students to create an interactive timeline on their person of power,multimedia slide presentation ideas, etc.
All research-based assessment ideas include a student handout/graphic organizer and teacher rubric!
Both word and pdf versions are included!
The "I’ve Got the Power!" Common Core Research Unit develops the conceptual modules of power and identity while also requiring students to locate relevant facts from a variety of digital resources, create their own unique (but supported) conceptual definitions of power, engage in in-depth textual analysis while extracting relevant details from a variety of sources, locating relevant quotations, and synthesizing supporting information and examples.
*Updated: Includes introduction activity - song analysis of Snap's I've Got the Power
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Keywords: Research, Power and Self-Identity, Journeys, ELA Common Core Research