GETTING STARTED ON AN ASSIGNMENT OR PROJECTKeeley Library April 22, 2000
Adapted from Montana Model Library Information Skills Curriculum
"What kinds of things would I like to know about turtles?"
|What do they eat?
Do turtles make good pets?
Do turtles have natural enemies?
What colors are turtles?
|How do turtles reproduce?
Where do turtles live?`
Why do turtles have shells?
Why do turtles have sharp claws?
|Are turtles an endangered species?
What different types of turtles are there?
clustering to focus the topic.
webbing to determine related topics and narrow the topic.
This web then becomes the basis for your initial outline.
|Set up an outline
|Set up Statement of Purpose, and record research questions to guide the project. (Example)|
|I. Topic (turtles)
A. Sub topic (species)
1. Detail (fresh water)
2. Detail (salt water)
B. Sub topic (enemies)
1. Detail (hunting)
2. Detail (natural selection)
3. Detail (food source)
C. Sub topic (size)
1. Detail (weight)
2. Detail (length)
D. Sub topic (reproduction)
1. Detail ....
Example:what are the facts about the turtle's habitat, and what statistics exist about its survival?
2. Background/causes /reasons
Example: what conditions in the turtle's habitat could be endangering its existence.
3. Effects/solutions /recommended changes
Example: what could be done to improve the turtle's chance for survival?
|Generating Ideas||Defining & Focusing Your Topic|
|Focusing Your Topic||Focusing Your Topic Worksheet|
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