Effective communication begins with an idea worth sharing. In this Quest, you will step through a four-part process designed to help you develop a complex idea worth sharing.
I Can Statements
- identify a problem or select a topic for research
- plan a research strategy
- analyze and evaluate sources
- organize information into categories
- synthesize information into my own idea
Topic: A topic is the main idea that is being discussed.
Split screen: A split-screen is to have two different browser windows or applications open and arranged to be viewed side-by-side. Two-minute tutorials on how to split the screen for:
Subtopic: A subtopic is a topic that is a part of the main topic.
Skimming: Skimming is reading a text quickly to get the main points.
Play the Vocabulary Game below to practice the Key Vocabulary.
You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode".
1. Open 17.Q2 Work Log in a new tab.
2. Make a copy in Google Docs or download it as a Microsoft Word file.
3. Split your screen so that on one side you can see these Quest directions and on the other your Work log (see the tutorial in the vocabulary words section if needed). Example is shown below.
4. In another tab, open one of the following to locate resources about your topic:
- Michigan eLibrary Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints using your library card number, student ID, or password provided by your school
- Google Arts & Culture
- PBS Learning Media for Students
5. Explore different articles in the subject area you have chosen. If working in a group, work together to select the one you can agree on and select different articles to read.
6. Take two-three minutes to skim your articles. Look at the title, headings, and illustrations to get a general idea.
7. Choose one that has an interesting idea or message to communicate, A group should share the main idea of each of the articles with each other.
8. Complete the Make a Plan section in your Q2. Work Log.
9. Determine how the information in the article chosen is organized. Look for the main idea and supporting points or subtopics.
10. Take notes in one of the following ways:
- Draft an outline in the Get Organized section in your Work log.
- Create a visual organizer using one of the applications listed below. Screenshot your completed work and paste it in the Get Organized section in your Work log.
2. Visual Learning, Quest 1 Fire Rescue
11. Review the outline or visual organizer you created.
12. Determine who will creatively communicate the supporting points identified in your notes if working in a group or with a partner.
13. List your name and each group member's name, and their assigned part in the Work Log section titled Assign Parts.
14. Share your completed Work Log with your teacher.
Completing this Quest
When you have completed the Work Log and shared it with your teacher you are ready to move on to the next Quest.
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Competencies & Standards
MITECS Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and
1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies
5. Computational Thinker
c. Break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving
6. Creative Communicator
a. Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.