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CPHS_Reading - Annotated Bibliography: 1. Define Topic

Standards Met: 11.7.7.7, 11.7.8.8, 11.7.9.9

Mrs. Kennedy's Assignment

Follow the steps in BIG 6 Research Process to complete this project:

1.  Define your topic:

          a.  see theme/issue handout for ideas

          b.  you should try to use one of the novels that you read/are currently reading as one of your sources

1.  Write a research question related to your topic:

         a.  what is it you want to discover through your research about your topic? What do you want to know?

2.   What do I already know about the topic?

          a. brainstorm a list of your prior knowledge and your current perspective on your question and then write out your list

3.    Research and find at least 5 different sources of information:

          a.  you must have at least 5 different types of sources

          b.  see handout on Source Types

4.   Read the sources of information write an annotation for each (at least 5) of your sources:

        a.  see sample/example

        b.   what is the perspective of this piece of this source?

4.  Compile all of your research into an annotated bibliography:

        a.  see template sheet

5.   After you have read and annotated your sources (at least 5), write a synthesis of your findings: 

       a.  see template sheet

       b.  see sample/example

       c.  what is your perspective/opinion on the research question?

 6.  Evaluate with Mrs. Kennedy, how you did on this project!

Topic Ideas

Click here to find topic theme ideas for this project:

Assignment Example

KENNEDY’S EXAMPLE  (YOU CANNOT USE THIS TOPIC/QUESTION!)

1.   Define your topic:   School Shootings

1.   Write a research question related to your topic

        a.  What is it you want to discover through your research about your topic? What do you want to know?

              Can we recognize a school shooter?

              Is there a profile that they all have in common?

              Is there something that happens to them that creates this? 

2.   What do I already know about the topic?                                             

             This is my prior knowledge/my perspective before my research/reading.

3.   Research and find at least 5 different sources of information

      a.   You MUST have at least 5 different types of sources

4.   Write an annotation for each (at least 5) of your sources.

      a.  See sample/example

      b.  What is the perspective of this piece of this source?

4.   Compile all of your research into an annotated bibliography.

       a.  See template sheet

5.   After you have read and annotated your sources (at least 5), write a synthesis of your findings. 

      a.   See template sheet

      b.   See sample/example

      c.   What is your perspective/opinion on the research question?

            i.  Did you find answer(s) to your question?

            ii.  Did it change anything that you thought before?

            iii.  Did your research create more questions?