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QUEST - MMSD Research Model: Resources

Question, Understand, Evaluate, Synthesize, Transform - MMSD research process in the Common Core State Writing Standards

Recommended Resources

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Recommended Resources

Writing Magic Book Cover


Writing Magic is about creating great stories. The author looks at various ways that

one could collect information and evaluate stories to help create good ideas that will 

help to springboard your writing into the next level. This book is available through the ORE

Library. Just click on the image and it will open up the Destiny Discover system that will help

show how to find this title.



How to brainstorm new ideas:

This resource focuses on different ways that you can brainstorm new ideas for your writing. This site offers four different perspectives on how to brainstorm your idea and then improve on other ideas that seem short. 

In the video above, the author describes the various ways to brainstorm key words. The author describes how you can break out the various parts of your topic and research each word to gather additional information. 

Orchard Ridge Elementary uses Destiny as it's catalog system. The author in this video shows how to do a search in a catalog. It is important to make sure you are doing a good search by using the boolean search additions as well as the synonyms uncovered from the previous video.

This video highlights the various ways to develop a good research topic. The process differs and this author does a great job of offering tidbits of knowledge that will help ensure your research topics are interesting and easy to understand.

Primary Versus Secondary Sources


This video was created by Flocabulary to highlight the various aspects of primary versus secondary sources. This information is important because it helps you learn how to distinguish primary from secondary sources. As a general rule, it is always a good idea to find as many primary sources as possible since they are more likely to tell a complete picture of what you're researching and is first hand.

This video shows you how to evaluate sources to ensure that they are credible. It's always important to ensure that you're getting information from a trusted or credible source. The easiest way to tell is if it's peer reviewed or published by a site/organization that has data to support the information presented.

This video uses the PACA acronym to determine if the resource or source is credible. This same process can be used to evaluate resources from various sources.

The author in this video discusses the importance of using the Cornell Note Taking process to gather your information into one area. This process has been used by many programs including AVID in high school. The Cornell Note Taking process is helpful and beneficial when it comes to taking notes about the various sources so you can use that information later on to write your paper.

This is another video on the Cornell Note Taking process. The author describes why the process helps to gather and synthesize your ideas so you can use that information at a later date. The Cornell Note Taking process is the idea way to take notes on this research project as well as future research projects.

Teachers Resources/Handouts

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Teacher Model

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