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Skill 3: Make a research plan.

Now that you have written your questions, you need identify keywords to guide your information search. You can use keywords as search terms in search engines and databases. You can also look for keywords in nonfiction text features like tables of contents, indexes, headings, and captions. If you started a KWL chart earlier in the Get Ready step, you can write your keywords there. Part of planning your research is making sure you understand the expectations and timeline for this research task. You might also preview the scoring tool(s) that will be used to evaluate your performance.

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Watch this BrainpopJr video for a refresher on how to use text features in nonfiction.

k-2 tools brainstorm You may have used this organizer for the Brainstorm skill. Now you can use it to decide on your best 'I wonder' question for the next steps in the research process.

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popJr video for a refresher on how to use the text features in nonfiction.

  finding keywords Part of the planning stage is to decide on the keywords to use in your research.

They are called "key words" because they can "unlock" the doors that will lead you to useful information.

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  keyword challenge You can use the Keyword Challenge game to practice finding the best keywords in three different scenarios.
24 tools Visual Thesaurus An easy way to come up with more keywords is to use the phrase's synonyms. Use Visual Thesaurus if you need help thinking of synonyms for your topics and keywords.


  Tool from University of Texas University of TX keywords Keyword from University of Texas This tool allows you to type in your questions, topics, and keywords and puts everything into one chart. After you have the chart, either email or print it for your use later in the research process.

It is important to note that you cannot use their databases in the final link.

  Planning checklist Use the Planning checklist to make sure you are ready for the next step of the research process.


You have completed the Get Ready step in the research process!
Now get skills and tools for the next step in the research process: Dig
Teacher Resources

Resources for teaching Keywords from Common Sense Media:

Google’s Search Education
Google has created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use search skills meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond.

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