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NMS_8th Grade Persuasive Essay: What's the Task

The Big 6

The Big 6 is a research process that has 6 steps.  

Using the steps in the Big6 will guide you through your research project for ELA.

Research Handout

Understand your Responsibilities

(Big 6 is a process model of how people of all ages solve an information problem.)


Ask, "What's the task?  What types of information do I need?"

Think about the final product you will need to create, and consider what special requirements you need to follow!  

Brainstorm keywords that will help you find information.

Brainstorm exactly what specific types of information you need. 

Next, Ask, "What are all the possible sources to check on my topic?  Which sources will have the best information?"

Remember that it is your responsibility to evaluate your sources carefully.


Use this checklist:

  • Books (in print, found at a library)
  • eBooks (electronic books, found online but via a library)
  • Databases (electronic books, newspapers & magazines)
  • Websites found through Webpath Express your school library
  • Websites found through search Google or a different search engine