6th AC Inquiry Research

Hey Kiddos! I’m excited about your inquiry research process and recommend specific databases in the Cobb Digital Library to support your hunt for information. PLEASE do not dive into your research until you have reviewed the video links below and have evaluated each source. You want to be sure you use the BEST resource for your particular topic.

Gale in Context: Global Issues and Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints are produced by the same company so you use them the same way. Below are videos to show you how to perform specific tasks while researching within these two databases. (BTW, I LOVE THEM BOTH SO MUCH!)

Using Gale in Context: Global Issues

Using Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Highlight and Take Notes within articles

Cite your source

Download your highlights and notes and send them to OneDrive

To learn the ins and outs of the research tools within Newsela, check out the Little Lesson: Open Inquiry Lesson. It takes you step-by-step through inquiry research, searching within the database, and effective note-taking.

Here’s how you Research and Find Information with Discovery Education.

If you need further guidance, Discovery Education breaks down search options in Search for Resources.

*The above links take you directly to resources created by CDL database vendors. They own all rights to the linked content.

8th Grade Art Research

Hey 8th graders! Mrs. Baker’s here to give you a little guidance and direction as you learn about what inspired some of the most influential artists to create their work. Using Cobb Digital Library’s Biography in Context, locate the following information about each artist:

  1. Name

  2. Birth location and residence

  3. Life before they were famous

  4. Education

  5. Art style

  6. Preferred medium

  7. Impact on the art world

Using a presentation format like PowerPoint or Sway, present the above information.

Mrs. Gaut will pick up with the next phase of the project.

7th ELA Argumentative Research

Okay, kids. Here’s the chance for your voices to be heard. Have an opinion? Let’s find out how to convince others to see issues just as we do by using research to support our perspectives. You have chosen an argumentative essay topic from the provided list. Here’s what you will need to do before starting the research.

  1. Look at the essay topic you have chosen.

  2. Break down the question. Identify the key words you will use to begin the research.

  3. Determine what information you will need in order to convince your audience to see the issue as you do.

  4. Use the ACADEMIC databases in the Cobb Digital Library (CDL) to support your claim.

And off we go . . .

The BEST CDL databases for this assignment are:

Gale in Context Middle School

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

 

 

Here are the steps to search within these databases:

Step 1: Adding to Favorites

Step 2: Basic Searches

 

Step 3: Highlighting and Notetaking

Step 4: Using the Citation Tool

Citing Sources:

  1. Cite every source from which you take notes.
  2. Use the Citation Tool to generate the citation in MLA format
  3. Copy and paste each citation into a Word document in Office 365. This information will be necessary for creating the Works Cited.

For more complex, multi-part search topics, use the Advanced Search Feature:

Continue locating relevant articles and taking notes within them until you have sufficient evidence to support your claim.

Sixth Social Studies: Canada and Australia Case Studies

Hey AC Sixth Graders! You are diving into case studies of Canada and Australia to determine how where you live affects how you live, and I’m excited to be your Cobb Digital Library guide. There are many Cobb Digital Library databases that will support research of countries. I recommend beginning with CultureGrams because it offers succinct information about the country’s background, people, customs & courtesies, lifestyle, and society. After you have built a foundation of understanding about your country, access additional databases to deepen your understanding. Remember to research with a sense of inquiry. What information interests and incites your curiosity? You’ve got this!

 

Cultural Perspectives in Spanish

Hey 8th Grade Spanish Students!

Here’s some research guidance for you as you entice tourists to visit your country. Be sure to brainstorm and consider all the things that appeal to you when you travel. It is especially important that our information be from reliable and relevant sources, so we will be using the databases to which we subscribe through the Cobb Digital Library. Let’s get started!

Getting Started on Day 1

We will begin by researching in Cobb Digital Library‘s CultureGrams with Cultural Trivia Research

Additional resources in Cobb Digital Library recommended for this assignment are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

For step-by-step instructions on downloading a Discovery Education Streaming video, look here.

Remember: You access Cobb Digital Library at home by using your Office 365 username and password (firstname.lastname@students.cobbk12.org) and your school computer password.

Finding Credible Sources:

If you use sources beyond CDL, be sure to determine their credibility and accuracy. Use Evaluating Web Sources: A 60 Second Guide to help you. Be sure to start first with these additional sources Mrs. Baker or Mrs. Fugate have vetted for you. You MUST generate citations using www.citationmachine.net for any and all sources used.

Presentation: Microsoft Sway

Introduction: What is Sway? (This video will be shared via direct instruction in class.)

How to Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather (Here is a step-by-step how to if you need additional guidance while off campus. Direct Sway instruction will be provided in class by Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker. THIS VIDEO LIKES MICROSOFT EDGE!)

 

Helpful Hint: If you face obstacles or have questions while creating your Sway, be sure to utilize the Help feature within Sway.

 

 

 

Do Ink with 7th Grade Science

Okay kiddos! You are now experts of the Human Body Systems. You have utilized resources in the Cobb Digital Library to learn all about the functions and the major organs that make up the Digestive, Circulatory, Nervous, Excretory, Respiratory, Skeletal, Muscular, and Immune Systems, and you have identified how they work together to create complex multi-cellular organisms. Now it’s time to pull all of that knowledge together and to present it to one another. YAY! And for that we will use the DoInk APP!

Before diving into the DoInk APP, let’s look at our requirments:

Accelerated Content Project Rubric

On-Level Project Rubric

There’s no limit to how A-W-E-S-O-M-E your project can be! For any and all questions, check out the Do Ink website. We will be getting started with the Do Ink Tutorials which can be found on the Do Ink website.

Here’s the Getting Started Checklist we will be using to ready us for the project creation. If you need additional support understanding the concept of a Storyboard, check out Vyond for a detailed explanation.

Ready, Set, Go!

7th Science: Human Body Systems

Hi 7th grade Scientists! Let’s use Cobb Digital Library to locate the BEST, most timely and relevant information on how organ systems interact to carry out life functions. Humans–and other complex multicellular organisms–have systems of organs that work together carrying out processes that keep us alive. Here’s how to get started using Cobb Digital Library to learn all about human body systems.

 

Science Databases are arranged in a group for quick access and include:

 

 

 

 

Helpful Hint: In BrainPOP, use the Make-a-Map Feature to create outlines of your notes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All of the above resources feature content on Human Body Systems

Use this graphic organizer to assist you in note-taking.

This daily checklist will be turned in as your “Ticket Out the Door” at the end of each class period and will provide daily feedback regarding your progress. 

Science Standard:

S7L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe how cell structures, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems interact to maintain the basic needs of organisms.

c. Construct an argument that systems of the body (Cardiovascular, Excretory, Digestive, Respiratory, Muscular, Nervous, and Immune) interact with one another to carry out life processes.

(Clarification statement: The emphasis is not on learning individual structures and functions associated with each system, but on how systems interact to support life processes.)

Cite Your Sources!

Use the Citation Tool features in Gale’s Kid InfoBits and Gale in Context Middle School.

DK Findout and BrainPOP resources should be cited using www.citationmachine.net. Choose MLA format and follow the prompts.

Here is an example of a citation generated from the Digestive System resources in BrainPOP:

“Digestive System.” BrainPOP, 10 Oct. 2019, https://www.brainpop.com/health/bodysystems/digestivesystem/.

 

 

Cobb Digital Library (CDL) Access: On-campus computers, offer a shortcut on the desktop. From home, the link to CDL is available via both the Cobb County and Durham websites as well as through the Durham Library Learning Commongs blog. Students will be prompted to use their Office 365 username which follows this pattern: firstname.lastname@students.cobbk12.org. They will then use their individualized school computer password.

September in the Durham Library

Oh what a month it has been! September was fast and furious in the Durham Library as the 2019-20 school year picked up steam. Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb hosted Book Tasting with Mrs. Slade’s 6th grade ELA classes. Mrs. Baker taught collaboratively alongside Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Dean as 6th graders created Blackout Poems and wrote Inner Dialogues about their experience. Also, the library staff  hosted class book checkout and supported research lessons across grades and subject areas.

Check out some of the fun from the Book Tasting:

7th ELA Argumentative Research

Okay, kids. Here’s the chance for your voices to be heard. Have an opinion? Let’s find out how to convince others to see issues just as we do by using research to support our perspectives. You have chosen argumentative essay topic from the provided list. Here’s what you will need to do before starting the research.

  1. Look at the essay topic you have chosen.

  2. Break down the question. Identify the key words you will use to begin the research.

  3. Determine what information you will need in order to convince your audience to see the issue as you do.

  4. Use the ACADEMIC databases in the Cobb Digital Library (CDL) to support your claim.

And off we go . . .

The BEST CDL databases for this assignment are:

Research in Context

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

 

 

 

 

Here are the steps to search within these databases:

Step 1: Adding to Favorites

Step 2: Basic Searches

 Step 3: Highlighting and Notetaking

Step 4: Using the Citation Tool

Citing Sources:

  1. Cite every source from which you take notes.
  2. Use the Citation Tool to generate the citation in MLA format
  3. Copy and paste each citation into a Word document in Office 365. This information will be necessary for creating the Works Cited.

Continue locating relevant articles and taking notes within them until you have sufficient evidence to support your claim.