Collaborative Research

Today in class we’re researching Background Details on Chicago History. Instead of the laborious process of completing vocab charts, or doing section-by-section study, we’re working together. Students are given a background detail from our unit plan, and have around 10 minutes to research that topic. It’s rather simple: just find out what it is, and why it’s important to Chicago. How does it support an Essential Question?

Once students get their info, we seek out answers from others. We even modeled how to “seek.” Students will usually just copy their classmate’s sheets, making no connection to the topic. Instead, we showed students how to have a discussion about what they learned. In addition to being more fun, it’s  a faster way of researching vocab. We’re done, we have background knowledge, and move on to the major components of the unit. This is 3rd period doing great work today!