Defining the Big6 Model
The Big6 Skills
12 Sub-Skills
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Step 1:
Task Definition
  1. Define the Problem
  2. Identify the information needed to complete the task
  • What am I expected to do?
  • Do I understand what I need to do?
  • What are the questions I need to answer?
  • What do I need to know about the topic?
  • What type of information do I need?
  • How is it relevant to my life?
The research topic triangle can be used to define the problem. A KWL chart can be used to map out components of the problem. Graphic organizers to consider may include:, Popplet, Mindmeister. Ask essential questions to seek deep and enduring understanding. Consider using
Questioning Toolkit
Webquest Taxonomy

KWL Chart

Step 2:
Information Seeking Strategies
  1. Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm)
  2. Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities (Select the best resources)
  • Where can you start to look for information?
  • Who can I talk to for information?
  • What are the best sources to use?
  • What types of information do I need? facts, opinions, pictures, primary sources?
Noodle Tools
Improving key word searches.

Step 3:
Location and Access
  1. Locate resources
  2. Find information within sources
  • Where can I find these resources?
  • How do I search to get to them?
  • Where do I find the information in the resource?
Google Book Search
Boolean Machine
Hello Operator
Basic Search
NC WiseOwl
Information Curation sites:, Pinterest

Step 4:
Use of information
  1. Read, view information - decide which parts you want to use (and leave out)
  2. Extract relevant information from a source
  • What type of information did I find?
  • Will the information answer the questions I have?
  • How do I write notes on the information?
  • Is the information reliable?
Website Evaluation
Website Evaluation
Evaluation Wizard
Note your sources
Real or Bogus
Hints About Print
Cite Fast

Step 5:
Synthesis (Putting the Puzzle Together)
  1. Organize information from multiple resources
  2. Present the information
  • How do I fit all the information together?
  • How do I write an outline of the project?
  • How do I present the information to my teacher to answer the question?
  • Did I remember to make notes of all the sources for the bibliography?

Step 6:
  1. Judge the product (effectiveness)
  2. Judge the information problem-solving process
  • Did I solve the problem?
  • Did I write the project in a format that will be understood?
  • Will I do anything different the next time?
  • What did I learn?
  • Am I pleased with the project?
Assessing Project
PBL Checklist
Assessment Tools

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