CIVIC ENGAGEMENT FOR YOUTH: Tracking Your Research (Lessons 18-29)

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT FOR YOUTH: Tracking Your Research (Lessons 18-29)

SESSION 18 – SESSION 29: Tracking Your Research

Armed with specific and researchable questions, strategies for efficient and effective online research, and skills for online verification of sources, students are ready to begin their research.  

  • The teacher provides students with the Research Tracking Sheet with space for them to collect information as they read. This tool prompts students to identify and analyze source material so they can cite it when writing later.  This graphic organizer also allows students to capture their thinking and revise their claim as they learn more about their topic. Although this note-catcher cannot collect everything there is to know about a topic, it provides a guide for beginning research skills.
  • Teacher will specify that students they will be required to find at least three (3) sources that agree with their point of view and three (3) sources that oppose their point of view.
  • This step in the process will take several sessions and the teacher should use this time to conference with each student to ensure students stay on track, think through possible roadblocks and help develop further lines of questioning as they navigate through the research process.

Teaching Tip:  If students have never completed a planner like this, model the process of completing part or all of the planner.  This Sample Essay Plan can be used to prepare for this modeling.


  • CCR Anchor Standards:
    • Reading Standards for Informational Text (6-12)
      • 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8
    • Writing (6-12)
      • 1, 4, 5, 6, 9 & 10
    • Speaking & Listening (6-12)
      • 1, 2, 3 & 6
  • History/Social-Science CLIC Frameworks
    • Literacy, Inquiry and Civic Engagement
  • Aligned with NGSS Cross-cutting Concepts
  • Social-Emotional Learning Standards
    • 1A, 1B, 1C
    • 2A, 2B, 2C
    • 3A, 3B, 3C