Create Get Ready

Skill 1: Make connections and build background knowledge.
You’re about to begin a research project. Your teacher may have given you a topic to research, or you may be choosing a research topic of your own. You may be thinking, "How do I begin?" Before you begin to select a topic or look for information, it helps to connect to any prior knowledge you might have about the subject. You will also begin wondering and asking some questions about the topic.

  • Have you read any books or seen any Web sites or movies about this topic?
  • Have you had any conversations or personal experiences related to this topic?
  • Why are you interested in this topic? What part of this topic interests you most?
  • What questions do you have about this topic right now?

You can use some general reference sources to begin building background knowledge about your research topic. Building background knowledge will help you to ask good research questions and give you some direction on your information exploration.

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Into The book website Use this Into The Book video to review how to use your Prior Knowledge (what you already know) to help you understand something new.
  Making Connections When you are thinking about what you already know about a topic, you are also making connections. Watch this video from Into The Book for a refresher about Making Connections.
  bcps databases Use Digital Content to build background knowledge about your topic. Your teacher or librarian can help you choose the right database. When you use BCPS databases in school, no password is needed; however, when you use them at home, you will need the passwords provided by your librarian.
  destiny quest Use your Destiny school library catalog to find books and Web sites that will help you to build background knowledge about your research topic.

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wixie You could use Wixie to record your prior knowledge. Your teacher or librarian can show you how.
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You can use this Connections chart to help you make connections to your research topic.


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  KWL primary

You can use this KWL chart to draw or write about what you know about the topic.

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Use the ReadWriteThink KWL Creator to record your prior knowledge in the What I Know (K) column. Ask your teacher or librarian about how to save your work. You can print, save to a folder, or email it to your teacher or librarian.
2-4 tools Alphabet Organizer Use ReadWriteThink's Alphabet Organizer to jumpstart your thinking about the topic. Go through each letter of the alphabet to see if it jogs your memory of anything. You may not have an idea for every letter. Ask your teacher about saving your work. You can print, save to folder, or email it to your teacher.
  making connections You can use this Connections chart to help you make connections to your research topic.

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  KWL creator KWL creator Use the ReadWriteThink KWL Creator to record your prior knowledge in the What I Know (K) column. Ask your teacher or librarian about how to save your work. You can print, save to a folder, or email it to your teacher or librarian.
  KWHL chart Use the KWHL Chart to complete the What I Know section about your research topic. Later in the research process, you can use the chart to tell What I Want to Know, How I Will Learn It and What I have Learned.

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  decision chart Use this Decision Chart to complete the What I Already Know column about your research topic. Later in the research process, you can complete the What I Need to Know and How I Will Find the Answers columns.

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Go to the next skill for the Get Ready step: Brainstorm research questions.
Teacher Resources
Think Port and Class Help offer strategies to activate the students’ prior knowledge.

Anticipation Guide: Includes strategies for how to use an Anticipation Guide as well as templates for creating your own.  

Wixie - If you want students to work in a Wixie template, you will need to assign the template to the students in your BCPS One class. Some examples of templates that are appropriate for this step could be found using the following keywords: five senses, inquiry, and Anticipation Guide.The Office of Digital Learning (ODL) offers this tutorial for Wixie.

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