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Five Components of the I-Search Report

MY QUESTIONS

In this section students will describe what they already knew about this question when they began their search and why they cared about or were interested in this question.

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MY SEARCH PROCESS

In this section, students will describe the sequence of steps in the search. For example, students will describe what sources they began with, and how these led to further sources. Students will describe problems or breakthroughs in their search-tell when they really got interesting. Students can also tell how their questions changed or expanded as a result of the search process, and they should acknowledge the help they received from others in obtaining valuable sources.

Read about different student's search processes.

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WHAT I HAVE LEARNED

Here students will focus on three or four major findings or conclusions and support them with examples, stories, or arguments that will help the reader understand how they arrived at those conclusions. They will try to connect their findings with their original questions. They might also suggest further questions to explore in the future. Students should include any analyses they did‹cause and effect, pro/con, compare and contrast, or sequencing.

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WHAT THIS MEANS TO ME

This section will give students a chance to describe how they have developed as a researcher. They will answer the question, "What do you now know about searching for information that you didn't know before?" To answer this question, students will describe those findings that meant the most to them. They might also discuss how their newly found knowledge will affect the way they act or think in the future. Finally, they might want to talk about the skills they have developed as a researcher and writer.

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REFERENCES

This section will contain all of their references, in alphabetical order.


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