Grades 8 ELA, Researching to Deepen Understanding Unit: Human-Animal Interaction

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The Researching to Deepen Understanding units lay out an inquiry process through which students learn how to deepen their understanding of topics. Students pose and refine inquiry questions, exploring areas they wish to investigate. They find and assess sources and organize researched material in ways that will support their analysis and integration of information. As their inquiry progresses, they evaluate and extend their research, synthesize their information, and eventually express their evolving evidence-based perspective.

This unit approaches research as an iterative inquiry process for deepening understanding of a topic in order to develop an evidence-based perspective. The unit framework, handouts, and tools are designed to work with any topic across all disciplines. A topic resource repository about human-animal interaction is also provided to help teachers model the process with a rich selection of sources, as well as model tools and inquiry questions.

Unit Components
The unit components are divided into separate PDF files for ease of use. The files may be downloaded individually or in a single zip file.

Research Unit Plan G8
Teacher Research Unit Guide 
Student Research Plan
G8 Topic Repository - Human-Animal Interactions
Evidence-Based Perspective
Exploring a Topic
Exploring a Topic - Annotated
Forming EBC
Organizing EBC 1pt
Organizing EBC 2pt
Organizing EBC 3pt
Potential Sources
Potential Sources - Annotated
Research Evaluation
Research Frame
Synthesizing EBC
Taking Notes
Taking Notes - Annotated
Assessing Sources Handout
Connecting Ideas Handout
Forming EBC Handout
Posing Inquiry Questions
Research Critera Matrix G6-12
Writing EBC Handout
Area Evaluation Checklist
EBC Criteria Checklist
Research Evaluation Checklist
TCD Checklist

Zip File: This file contains ALL unit components pre-organized into folders:
Grade 8 Researching to Deepen Understanding Unit – Zip File of All Documents

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly...
RL.8.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text...
RL.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and...

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