Grades 9-10 ELA, Researching to Deepen Understanding Unit: Music and Technology

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The Researching to Deepen Understanding units lay out an inquiry process through which students learn how to deepen their understanding of topics. Students pose and refine inquiry questions, exploring areas they wish to investigate. They find and assess sources and organize researched material in ways that will support their analysis and integration of information. As their inquiry progresses, they evaluate and extend their research, synthesize their information, and eventually express their evolving evidence-based perspective.

This unit approaches research as an iterative inquiry process for deepening understanding of a topic in order to develop an evidence-based perspective. The unit framework, handouts, and tools are designed to work with any topic across all disciplines. Two topic resource repositories are also provided–one about music and the other about technology–to help teachers model the process with a rich selection of sources, as well as model tools and inquiry questions.

Unit Components
The unit components are divided into separate PDF files for ease of use. The files may be downloaded individually or in a single zip file.

Research Unit Plan G9-10
Teacher Research Unit Guide
Student Research Plan
G9-10 Topic Repository - Music
G9-10 Topic Repository - Technology
Evidence-Based Perspective
Exploring a Topic
Exploring a Topic - Annotated
Forming EBC
Organizing EBC 1pt
Organizing EBC 2pt
Organizing EBC 3pt
Potential Sources
Potential Sources - Annotated
Research Evaluation
Research Frame
Synthesizing EBC
Taking Notes
Taking Notes - Annotated
Assessing Sources Handout
Connecting Ideas Handout
Forming EBC Handout
Posing Inquiry Questions
Research Critera Matrix G6-12
Writing EBC Handout
Area Evaluation Checklist
EBC Criteria Checklist
Research Evaluation Checklist
TCD Checklist

Zip File: This file contains ALL unit components pre-organized into folders:
Grades 9-10 Researching to Deepen Understanding Unit – Zip File of All Documents

Downloadable Resources

Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as...
RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course...
RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...

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