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Research Process

Research, Write, Present

Research Process

Big Idea

How can you answer the research questions for your expository essay? You need to locate a variety of credible sources of accurate and reliable information. You can gather information to answer your research questions by taking notes. Then, you can organize the information in your notes and plan your expository essay. Effective research strategies help you to be successful in school, work, and life. Learn the skills you need to locate and use the information you need to answer your research questions and write your expository essay.

In this module:

  • Learn how to use a variety of credible sources for your research
  • Learn how to quote, paraphrase, and summarize your sources
  • Discover how the basic components of e-mail work and learn how to use them
  • Use a graphic organizer to show what you learned about your topic
  • Create an outline of your essay based on your graphic organizer

Activity 1: Research Strategies >

Do you know how to find accurate and reliable information to answer your research questions? One strategy is to use a variety of sources, such as books, encyclopedias, databases, and the Internet. Learn how to use a variety of credible sources for your research. 

Activity 2: Information Gathering >

How can you keep track of all the information you find while researching your topic? One effective way to gather information is to take notes. Note-taking is an important skill you can use for many purposes in school, work, and life. Learn how to quote, paraphrase, and summarize your sources. 

Activity 3: Electronic Mail >

Have you ever sent or received e-mail? If you have an e-mail address, you can exchange written messages with millions of people in the world who also have e-mail addresses. Discover how the basic components of e-mail work and learn how to use them. 

Activity 4: Graphic Organizer >

How can you use your notes to answer your research questions? First, you need to organize the information you gathered. One effective strategy is to organize your information graphically. Use a graphic organizer to show what you learned about your topic. 

Activity 5: Essay Outline >

How can you use your graphic organizer to write an essay? Most successful writers plan their essays before they begin writing. You can plan your exposition by outlining the structure of your explanation. Create an outline of your essay based on your graphic organizer. 

Look Back >

Reflect on what you learned in this module. Are you ready to write your expository essay? Use the checklist to make sure your tasks are complete. Use the rubric to assess your outline and graphic organizer. Talk about what you learned and how you did your work.

Look Ahead

Checklist: Before you begin, review the checklist for this module. Use the checklist to make sure that you complete all the tasks for each activity.

See the checklist (doc) >

Rubric: Before you begin, review the rubric for this module. Use the rubric to help you understand what is important to know and do. 

See the rubric (doc) >