The Facts and the Figures written by Catharine Niuzzo Honaman

Research project lesson in which students research a public health issue in order to disseminate facts about the issue via a bookmark (assessment).  This lesson plan includes embedded assessment, activities, materials, and curriculum connections to science. Allows students to define a public health issue and research it. Students then decide what information is most relevant to the public by placing it on a bookmark for u201cpublication.u201d This resource allows for extensive connections to science and health.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.8
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of...
CLE 3002.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3002.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3002.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
CLE 3002.4.4
Write an extended research paper, using primary and secondary sources and technology and graphics, as appropriate.
CLE 3002.4.5
Use a standard format to arrange text, to cite sources correctly, and to document quotations, paraphrases, and other information.
SPI 3002.4.4
Evaluate the validity of Web pages as sources of information.
SPI 3002.4.6
Identify information that must be cited or attributed within a writing sample.
TSS.ELA.9-10.W.PDW.6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's...
TSS.ELA.9-10.W.RBPK.7
Conduct and write short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem by...
TSS.ELA.9-10.W.RBPK.8
Use multiple search terms to generate a variety of print and digital sources; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of...
 
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Learning objectives: 

Students will be able to:

  • Gather information on a focused topic dealing with a public health issue;
  • Consult enough sources to compile sufficient information to create a public service message about a public health issue;
  • Accurately and thoroughly document where each piece of information was found.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Analyzing

Helpful Hints

Materials:

  • Access to computer lab for students to write up their fact sheets/compilation of research notes

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