Academic Standard

Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
Grade range: 
Research is the dynamic, attentive, and systematic process of inquiry to discover, interpret, or rework facts, events, behaviors, or theories. Additionally, it makes practical applications with the help of facts, laws, or theories. The term research is also used to describe the collection of information about a particular subject.Conceptual StrandEffective research is the ability to frame, to analyze, and to investigate solutions to problems, while building on and evaluating the credibility of existing research. Effective research leads to the formulation of questions and ultimately to the exploration of new ideas.Guiding QuestionHow does effective research enhance inquiry about any aspect of life?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Identify and narrow a grade-appropriate research topic.
Gather information from a variety of sources to support a research topic.
Present research results in a written report.
Check For Understanding
Define and narrow a topic for research.
Identify three or more resources using more than one medium to support a research topic.
Use reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and encyclopedia).
Visit the library/media center as a source of information for research.
Organize information gathered using a graphic organizer.
Write a research report demonstrating the research results.
State Performance Indicator
Identify the most reliable sources of information to support a research topic.
Complete a simple graphic (e.g., chart, web) organizing information from text or technological sources.
Select appropriate sources from which to gather information on a given topic.
From a given list, identify information that is (or is not) available in a certain reference source (e.g., what information does one find in a thesaurus).