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Introduction to Research

This unit is broken down into twelve lessons. The first six lessons build the base of knowledge that students will need for effective research. Lessons seven to twelve are designed to apply the base knowledge and use the inquiry process to produce a final report that will provide ideas on how to further the health of biodiversity in their community.
Each lesson will begin with lesson media, which will introduce that lessons main ideas and apply it to their community and the real world.

Students will be asked to choose one theme media, which demonstrates the real world application of each lesson. There are five different theme medias to choose from, and students will work in groups, according to their theme media chosen throughout the unit.

Purpose

This unit will help students understand what good research looks like, why it’s important, how to determine the difference between fact and opinion and understand the biases of others. Students will also develop skills related to interviewing experts and debating issues with a variety of stakeholders.

Structure

Lessons 1-5 gaining the tools, group lessons according to their theme media. Lessons 6-12 applying the tools, individual work according to their theme media.

Culminating Task

By the end of this unit, students will complete a written research report on an issue in their local community that relates to biodiversity health and present their findings to their peers and/or their community

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