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What is the Big 6 ?
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The Big 6
Information and Problem-Solving Strategy
Completing a research task or assignment involves a number of steps.  The "Big 6" is a way to help you do research. There are six steps to follow.  Sometimes, your team may have to repeat a step. Copying information is not true research and it is against copyright laws ! 
STEP 1.  Be sure you understand the problem/ question / assignment topic. (Task Definition)
STEP 2.  Identify the resources that will help you solve this problem/ answer this question/ research this assignment topic.(Information Seeking Strategies)
STEP 3.  Gather relevant information. (Location and Access)
STEP 4.  Select an approach/ theme/ strategy. (Use of Information)
STEP 5.  Integrate the information you have collected with your own ideas to demonstrate your solution/ present your answer to the question/ write the assignment. (Synthesis)
STEP 6. eXamine the results and refine the presentation. (Evaluation)
* A modified version of the Big6 strategy designed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz of the University of Syracuse. Modified by Brian Armour for use at Redlands College, with permission. BIG6

STEP 1: Task Definition
Ask yourself the question "What is the problem I need to solve?"
Do you need facts, opinions or pictures?  It is a good start to brainstorm ideas. Brainstorming is a fast thinking and fast writing process.
1. Write down a long list of everything that you know about that topic. Write about things you associate with your topic, or things that are related to your topic and things that are connected to your topic.
2. Also, you can brainstorm questions using (who, what, when, where, why, how) if you get stuck.  Write down as many questions as you can think of.
3. Classify your items by using a graphic organiser such as a concept web or map
Concept webs
STEP 2: Information Seeking Strategies
Normally you would need to choose from a number of different sources such as non fiction books, magazines, encyclopedias, almanacs or atlases.  As this is a webquest, the sources you will need to use are all online.  The next step now becomes very important! Many people publish work on the web which is not accurate, and you need to learn how to evaluate websites. The Internet is full of all kinds of information, both good and bad.
CARDS system for evaluating resources

STEP 3 Location and Access
When you locate a source, you find out where it is .  When you access that source, you find out where the information is within that source.  Keywording is a valuable skill which can be used, once you have located the information you need and are ready to take notes.
Once you have located the appropriate information on the internet site, you must press the "Back" button on the toolbar to return to the webquest
STEP 4: Using Information
Keywording involves recording important words or phrases from the facts you read.  These are then used to rewrite sentences in your own words on your notetaking sheet.
Keyword Hint : Go to "Edit" on the toolbar, scroll down to "FIND" and type in the word you are looking for in the article., The word will be highlighted for you wherever it is on the page.
STEP 5: Synthesising Your Information
Take the information you have gathered from the three sources and link it together so it makes sense to you,before your team presents their discoveries to an audience.
STEP 6: Evaluating Your Efforts
Check the assignment requirements. Think about how the information you have gathered can best be presented.  Your team will need to judge how well you did.  Did the team complete all the steps of the quest?
Were you happy with how the team worked together and the presentation they gave?  How would you change it next time?  Complete the rubric to assess your team's co operation and research skills
Assessment Rubric
go back to the quest task page

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