Grades 6 ELA, Researching to Deepen Understanding Unit: Prehistoric Art

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Overview
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. Given that students in grade 6 are not expected by the CCSS to perform independent searches, this unit outlines a simulated research process that relies strongly on collaborative work around a common topic. A topic resource repository about prehistoric art is 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.

UNIT PLAN TOOLS
Research Unit Plan G6
Teacher Research Unit Guide G6 
Student Research Plan G6
G6 Topic Repository - Prehistoric Art
TOPIC REPOSITORIES HANDOUTS
Evidence-Based Perspective
Forming EBC
Organizing EBC 1pt
Organizing EBC 2pt
Organizing EBC 3pt
Potential Sources - Grade 6
Potential Sources - Annotated Grade 6
Synthesizing EBC
Taking Notes
Taking Notes - Annotated
Assessing Sources Handout - Grade 6
Connecting Ideas Handout
Forming EBC Handout
Posing Inquiry Questions
Research Critera Matrix G6-12
Writing EBC Handout
CHECKLISTS
Area Evaluation Checklist
EBC Criteria Checklist
Research Evaluation Checklist
TCD Checklist

Zip File: This file contains ALL unit components pre-organized into folders:
Grade 6 Researching to Deepen Understanding Unit – Zip File of All Documents

Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences...
RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a...
RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative,...

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