Research paper Rubric - WBAIS Social Studies...

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WBAIS Social Studies Department-Research Skills and Rubric 2007-08 Tasks: To identify and scaffold research skills taught in the WBAIS social studies department in an effort to ensure developmentally appropriate challenges in grades 9-12. To create a generic rubric for written research papers or products of research that can be adapted for use across departments. Research projects are assigned across disciplines in the high school and in each of the grades, 9-12. For example in grade 9 English students complete the “I Search paper, in grade 10 Global History the ________ paper and in eleventh grade the US History or AP Great American Novel research paper. Finally in grade 12 all students complete the Senior Project paper. In science, mathematics and foreign language classes, shorter research assignments are also built into the program. The tasks listed above were tackled in an effort to clarify and facilitate the introduction, reinforcement and mastery of essential research skills throughout the four years of high school and to set expectations for learning and achievement. The table that follows is organized according to phases of the research and writing process (Getting Started, Process, Product). Each column represents the 9 th , 10 th , 11 th , and 12 th grades respectively. While in the 9 th grade student learns or reviews the Basic or Core essential research skills, with each successive grade, more sophisticated nuances of the research process are introduced and practiced. Finally in grade 12, the Senior Project paper represents students’ best efforts at mastery of research skills at the pre- collegiate level. Suggested teaching activities used by faculty are included in the table. Step in Research Grade 9 (Basic- Core research Grade 10 Building on Grade 11 Reinforcement Grade 12 Mastery of
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and Writing Process skills) basic skills. of Basic skills + Basic + Getting Started Framing a question; Evaluating sources Distinguishing primary and secondary sources; Constructing a bibliography; Defining and recognizing plagiarism . Review of Core skills + new additional elements such as: Distinguishing thesis types; Distinguishing electronic from internet sources.
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