From Electric English...
This is a template for short sustained research that you can assign the students to do at home and then apply to whatever else you are working on in class :) It helps; trust me :) Plus, the students love any excuse to work and play on-line.... This particular activity is focused on the life and accomplishments of Henry David Thoreau.
This particular assignment has a twist!!! There are questions that accompany the research; however, the kids do not know this.... After the students complete the research portion of the assignment at home; you give them the questions the next day in class. They must see how many of the questions they can answer, using ONLY the notes they took the night before. Anything they cannot answer; they must go home and complete additional research for :)
Please know, this is not meant to trick the kids or mess up their grades. I have found; it is just a very interesting way to get them to consider what types of notes they are taking and the quality of the information they are writing down.
Let me know, if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.