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

Key Vocabulary

Skimming: Skimming is reading a text quickly to get the main points.

Split screen: Split screen is having 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.

Topic: The topic is the main idea that is being discussed.

Play the interactive Quizlet Game: Direct link.


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.
Screenshot showing two windows open on the computing device screen, the web site, and the Work Log.

4. In another tab, open one of the following to locate resources about your topic: 

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 17.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.


Additional Resources
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. 

 Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

 I am ready for Quest 3 Creating Your Digital Artifact 

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, developing strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
b. Evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources
c. Curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts or solving authentic problems
d. Build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions

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. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication