Common Steps

Research Process

The steps in the above research models are similar to the common elements of those found in the OSPI Developed Assessments for Social Studies (CBAs). 

COLLABORATION AND COMMON ELEMENTS

All of the CBAs have common elements and provide ample opportunity for collaboration between the classroom teacher and the librarian.  The three parts are a suggestion; please talk to your librarian to work out a plan that best suits you.

PART 1: IN THE CLASSROOM

  • Essential Question
  • Key Concepts and Vocabulary

PART 2: IN THE LIBRARY AND/OR IN THE CLASSROOM

  • Inquiry (reading, listening, observing, questioning, note-taking)
  • Organization and Synthesis (graphic organizers, outlines, timelines, ect.)
  • Group Process and Discussion (small groups/pairs/as a class)

PART 3: IN THE CLASSROOM

  • Position (writing)
  • Presentation (communication)

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1. Developing an Essential Question:

2. Key Concepts & Vocabulary
3. Inquiry (Reading & Listening)
Resources
  • Statewide Databases- school and public libraries (ProQuest, CultureGrams, eLibrary, Sirs Discoverer, etc). Databases include full text articles from reference books, maps, images, magazines and journals, newspapers and more. They also include citations for each article or image. 
  • Additional resources are listed under Primary Sources, Elementary, Middle School, High School and the miscellaneous Resources pages 
    Readability of Resources
    Website Evaluation (Evaluating online resources)
4. Organize & Synthesis the information
5. Group Process & Discussion
See our Writing page for help with thesis statements, citations, and more

7. Presentation (Communicate)
See our EdTech pagefor more presentation ideas
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