|Level One: My
research is about a broad topic. I can complete the assignment by using a general
reference source such as an encyclopedia. I have no personal questions about the topic.
1) My research is about water pollution.
2) My research is about pets.
Level Two: My research centers on a question that
helps me narrow the focus of my search. This question may mean that I need to go to
various sources to gather enough information to get a reliable answer. The question may
still be a little too broad for focused research. The conclusions of the research will ask
me to give a supported answer to the question.
1) How much pollution is found in the Mississippi River?
2) What kinds of animals make good pets?
Level Three: My research attempts to
answer a question of personal relevance. To answer this question I may need to consult not
just secondary sources such as magazines, newspapers, books or the Internet, but I may
also need to use primary sources on information such as original surveys, interview, or
1) I have determined I want to live on the Mississippi River. However, I am concerned
about level of pollution. What city along the river would be the best place for my
2) What is the best pet for my family?
Level Four: My research attempts to answer a
personal question about the topic and contains information that may be of use to
decision-makers as they make policy or distribute funds. My research will lead me to many
types of resources and will compel me to synthesize the information in order to draw a
conclusion/s. The result of my research contains a call for action. I will include a plan
to communicate this information.
1) What are the perceived and real causes of pollution in the Mississippi River near the
city of ________? What can be done to decrease the pollution level?
2) Should my grandmother be allowed to take her pet dog with her when she goes to the rest
* Adapted from The Indispensable Teachers' Guide to
Computer Skills Doug Johnson