1. Task Definition

1.1 Define the Problem
Research can be needed for any type of paper, project, presentation or more. Here are some possible assignments that may require research:

  1. Creating a website
  2. Designing an infographic
  3. Produce a video on a controversial topic arguing for one side of an issue
  4. Plan a public service campaign with at least 4 elements (i.e. posters, announcements, social media memes, podcast, etc.)

With PBL Units, your teacher will have an essential guiding question. You will also likely have an assignment sheet.

  • Define: It is best to look for keywords (bulleted or bold) so that you can describe the project.
  • Brainstorm: We also recommend you brainstorm what you already know about the problem.

After defining and brainstorming, you are ready for the next step: identify information you need to do the project or complete the problem.

1.2 Identify the Information Needed

Here is where you will ask open-ended questions about the topic. What additional facts or questions do you have about the topic or problem.

  1. Watch any one of the videos about writing quality, higher-level open-ended questions
  2. Complete the Task Definition worksheet for your teacher:  Everitt.1.TaskDefinition.pdf  
  3. Five W's and H worksheet

Resources for higher-level questioning:

  1. CostaQuestioning.pdf
  2. High level Questions Frames
  3. Examples of leveled questions
  4. Writing Engaging Questions Infographic

For your enjoyment, here is a great Ted Talks about asking betting questions:

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