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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Inquiry and research: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student engages in both short-term and sustained recursive inquiry processes for a variety of purposes.

Keep portfolios of students’ research materials and use a rubric to score the work collected. Collected work might include graphic organizers or other organization templates as well as the final product for presenting the research. Final products can include essays, posters, pamphlets, presentation slide decks, or videos. Students’ mastery of this SE should be based on their ability to develop and follow a research plan.

Sample rubric:

  1. The student is unable to develop and follow a research plan.
  2. The student is able to follow a research plan but unable to develop a research plan or vice versa.
  3. The student is able to follow a research plan and contribute an idea or two to the development of a research plan.
  4. The student is able to develop and follow a research plan with some adult guidance.
In second grade, adult assistant means providing extensive modeling to show the students what the process looks like. It is essential for the teacher to lay out clear expectations and visually show the students what they are expected to do by leading a think aloud and asking prompting questions. Also, providing students with scaffolds such as sentence stems, graphic organizers, example plans, and anchor charts can assist students in meeting this SE. This process of developing and following a research plan should be highly collaborative.
a timeline created around the research process that identifies the initial steps needed to find accurate, significant, and relevant sources to support the topic of inquiry or working thesis; intermediary steps of reevaluating the research question and revising the thesis based on source analysis; and the final steps of drafting, revising, editing, and presenting results in an appropriate mode of delivery