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I-Search Chart

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I-Search Chart

Grades 9 – 12
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I-Search Chart



As part of an I-Search writing process, this handout facilitates the formation of meaningful questions and subquestions for student inquiry.  By positioning the questions at the center of the page, and questions relating to students' interests in the topic and the research process itself, students begin to see the ways in which the I-Search paper brings all three of these components together.

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  • At the beginning of the I-Search process, model for students how to think through the various sections of the chart.  Use a question that is of personal significance that might also appeal to the sensibilities of your students (e.g. “Should my 7-year-old son be playing video games?” “How can I make cell phones less of a distraction in my classroom?”).
  • As students are researching, revisit your own chart and share how questions might change, new research opportunities avail themselves, and added dimensions of personal significance become apparent.


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Use a sample I-Search paper from past student work or through an online search and have students “backwards map” from the finished project to the structure of the chart.  Because the author may not have used the chart, there will not always be complete connections, of course.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Hoax or No Hoax? Strategies for Online Comprehension and Evaluation

Are your students easily fooled? You'll find out in this lesson in which students carefully and critically examine hoax websites to determine their validity.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Careers Using the Internet

Doctors, astrophysicists, and daycare providers are only some of the careers that will be explored in this lesson in which students research careers and publish occupational summaries about them.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Scaffolding Methods for Research Paper Writing

In this lesson, students use a scaffold to help them compile information to write a solid research paper.