Academic Standard

Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
Grade range: 
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Research is the dynamic, attentive, and systematic process of inquiry to discover, interpret, or rework facts, events, behaviors, or theories. Additionally, it makes practical applications with the help of facts, laws, or theories. The term research is also used to describe the collection of information about a particular subject.Conceptual StrandEffective research is the ability to frame, to analyze, and to investigate solutions to problems, while building on and evaluating the credibility of existing research. Effective research leads to the formulation of questions and ultimately to the exploration of new ideas.Guiding QuestionHow does effective research enhance inquiry about any aspect of life?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Conduct research to access and present information.
Collect, organize, determine reliability, and use information researched.
Present the research results in a written report, citing the resources used.
Check For Understanding
Define and narrow a topic for research.
Discern and use appropriate reference sources in various formats (e.g., interviews with family and community; encyclopedia, card/electronic catalogs, almanacs,
Use current technology as a research and communication tool for personal interest, research, and clarification.
Gather and record information on a research topic using three different sources, at least one of which must be a print source.
Evaluate and determine the reliability of sources on a given topic.
Organize information from text or technological sources using a graphic organizer.
Develop a note-taking system that includes important concepts, paraphrases, summaries, and identification of reference sources.
Write a research report using and citing three or more sources.
Distinguish between necessary and unnecessary bibliographical information in a citation.
Cite three or more sources, including the title, author, and page number(s).
State Performance Indicator
Identify the most reliable information sources available for preparing a research report.
Identify information that should or should not be included in a citation.
Complete a graphic organizer (e.g., chart, web) organizing material collected from text or technological sources.
Select appropriate sources from which to gather information on a given topic.