7.10(G) paraphrase and summarize text to recall, inform, or organize ideas (4-8);
7.13(B) use text organizers, including headings, graphic features, and tables of contents, to locate and organize information (4-8);
7.13(E) summarize and organize information from multiple sources by taking notes, outlining ideas, and making charts (4-8);
7.13(F) produce research projects and reports in effective formats for various audiences (6-8);
7.13(I) present organized statements, reports, and speeches using visuals or media to support meaning (6-8).
7.15(A) write to express, discover, record, develop, reflect on ideas, and to problem solve (4-8);
7.15(C) write to inform such as to explain, describe, report, and narrate (4-8);
7.16(B) capitalize and punctuate correctly to clarify and enhance meaning such as capitalizing titles, using hyphens, semicolons, colons, possessives, and sentence punctuation (6-8);
7.16(C) spell derivatives correctly by applying the spellings of bases and affixes (7-8);
7.16(F) spell accurately in final drafts (4-8);
7.17(A) write in complete sentences, varying the types such as compound and complex sentences, and use appropriately punctuated independent and dependent clauses (7-8);
7.17(C) employ standard English usage in writing for audiences, including subject-verb agreement, pronoun referents, and parts of speech (4-8);
7.18(A) generate ideas and plans for writing by using prewriting strategies such as brainstorming, graphic organizers, notes, and logs (4-8);
7.18(B) develop drafts by categorizing ideas, organizing them into paragraphs, and blending paragraphs within larger units of text (4-8);
7.18(C) revise selected drafts by adding, elaborating, deleting, combining, and rearranging text (4-8);
7.18(D) revise drafts for coherence, progression, and logical support of ideas (4-8);
7.18(E) edit drafts for specific purposes such as to ensure standard usage, varied sentence structure, and appropriate word choice (4-8);
7.18(H) proofread his/her own writing and that of others (4-8);
7.18(I) select and use reference materials and resources as needed for writing, revising, and editing final drafts (4-8).
7.19(A) apply criteria to evaluate writing (4-8);
7.19(C) evaluate how well his/her own writing achieves its purposes (4-8);
7.20(A) frame questions to direct research (4-8);
7.20(C) take notes from relevant and authoritative sources such as guest speakers, periodicals, and on-line searches (4-8);
7.20(D) summarize and organize ideas gained from multiple sources in useful ways such as outlines, conceptual maps, learning logs, and timelines (4-8);
7.20(G) follow accepted (MLA) formats for writing research, including documenting sources (6-8).
7.1(A) identify the major eras in Texas history and describe their defining characteristics;
7.4(A) identify individuals, events, and issues during the Republic of Texas and early Texas statehood, including annexation, Sam Houston, Anson Jones, Mirabeau B. Lamar, problems of the Republic of Texas, the Texas Rangers, the Mexican War, and the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo;
7.4(B) analyze the causes of and events leading to Texas statehood.
7.22(B) use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation;
7.22(C) transfer information from one medium to another, including written to visual and statistical to written or visual, using computer software as appropriate;
7.22(D) create written, oral, and visual presentations of social studies information
1(A) demonstrate knowledge and appropriate use of operating systems, software applications, and communication and networking components;
1(C) demonstrate the ability to select and use software for a defined task according to quality, appropriateness, effectiveness, and efficiency;
1(E) use technology terminology appropriate to the task;
1(F) perform basic software application functions including, but not limited to, opening an application program and creating, modifying, printing, and saving documents;
2(B) demonstrate keyboarding proficiency in technique and posture while building speed;
2(C) use digital keyboarding standards for data input such as one space after punctuation, the use of em/en dashes, and smart quotation marks; and
3(A) discuss copyright laws/issues and model ethical acquisition and use of digital information, citing sources using established methods;
3(B) demonstrate proper etiquette and knowledge of acceptable use while in an individual classroom, lab, or on the Internet and intranet;
4(A) use strategies to locate and acquire desired information on LANs and WANs, including the Internet, intranet, and collaborative software; and
4(B) apply appropriate electronic search strategies in the acquisition of information including keyword and Boolean search strategies.
6(C) demonstrate the ability to identify the source, location, media type, relevancy, and content validity of available information.
7(A) plan, create, and edit documents created with a word processor using readable fonts, alignment, page setup, tabs, and ruler settings;
10(D) demonstrate appropriate use of fonts, styles, and sizes, as well as effective use of graphics and page design to effectively communicate; and
Summarizing and Note Taking
Questions, Cues and Organizers
Information Seeking Strategies
Location and Access
Use of Information
Notetaking forms (Digital notetaking form found on Library Services website)
Library books on Texas history, specifically, Texas Rangers (You may need to ILL to have enough resources)
Databases--American History; Gale Group; Handbook of Texas online
Introduction to project--one class period. Give each student a copy of the project requirements and go over each step to ensure full understanding of what is required.
Librarian will explain the steps necessary for researching including: selection of a topic; selection of resources (explain types; show students sample searches on databases; explain use of index and table of contents to narrow down information); taking notes (using digital notetaking form--adapt for your own use regarding notes from print); bibliography form. NOTE: Notetaking and bibliography were taught earlier in the year and have been reinforced throughout the year.
Since this is being done for a DRT contest, the actual paper will reflect their rules.