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Writing a Research Question

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Writing a Research Question (Language Arts)
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Research Question
Links on this page: Writing a Research Question - Teacher Sample | Writing a Research Question - Student Sheet

National Education Standards Met:

languagekeyZZ0203

Language Arts discipline

 

Goal: Students review information from a concept map to identify possible causes of greenhouse gas emissions and choose one factor on which to focus their research.

Objectives: Students will
:

  • Use a graphic organizer
  • Review factors that influence greenhouse gas emissions
  • Choose the factor that they feel is the largest contributor in their town
  • Write a research question on that topic

Materials (For a class of 30):

  • Possible Causes Student Concept Map
  • 30 Writing Research Questions Student Sheet
  • 1 Writing Research Questions Teacher Sample
     

Time: 50 minutes

Standards Met: G3, G5, S7, LA6, LA7, LA8, LA11, LA12

Procedure:

  • Have students get out their completed concept maps.
  • Review possible contributing factors and student ratings.
  • Introduce students to the steps of writing a research question by using the teacher sample.
  • Pass out student sheets.
  • Allow students to complete student sheets.
     

Writing a Research Question - Teacher Sample


STEP 1 - Identify the possible causes
Use your completed concept map.
Choose one factor on which to focus your research

Example: Middle School kids fart on the bus.



STEP 2 - Determine what is already known.

Example: Farts contain methane.



STEP 3 - Define or clarify any unknown or vague terms.
 
Example: What is methane?

Methane is an odorless, colorless, flammable gas, CH
4, the major constituent of natural gas that is used as a fuel and is an important source of hydrogen and a wide variety of organic compounds

STEP 4 - Determine how that cause could create the problem. (i.e., does that increase greenhouse gas in the atmosphere?)

Example: Middle School kids fart frequently, releasing methane into the atmosphere. Methane is a greenhouse gas.


STEP 5: Write a working hypothesis that combines one possible cause with one way it could create the problem.
 
Example: Millions of middle school kids are farting regularly and releasing methane into the environment.


STEP 6: Write a research question that will support or not support your hypothesis.

Example: Are farts from middle school students increasing the methane in the atmosphere, raising the Earth's temperature?
 

Writing a Research Question - Student Sheet


STEP 1 - Identify the possible causes
Use your completed concept map.
Choose one factor on which to focus your research





STEP 2 - Determine what is already known.






STEP 3 - Define or clarify any unknown or vague terms.
 





STEP 4 - Determine how that cause could create the problem. (i.e., does that increase greenhouse gas in the atmosphere?)





STEP 5: Write a working hypothesis that combines one possible cause with one way it could create the problem.
 





STEP 6: Write a research question that will support or not support your hypothesis.


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