STANDARD 1: USING INFORMATION TO BUILD UNDERSTANDING
“We are thinkers.”
Independent learners ask authentic questions and access, evaluate and use information effectively to develop new understandings.
• Develops and refines the topic, problem, or question independently to arrive at a worthy and manageable topic for inquiry.
• Maintains a list of effective search terms throughout the process of inquiry.
• Refines questions to provide a framework for the inquiry and to fulfill the purpose of the research (e.g., questions to lead to historical context and interpretation; questions to elicit accurate facts about scientific problem or issue).
• Uses specialized reference materials to find specific and in-depth information.
Conducts advanced Web searches using Boolean logic and other sophisticated search functions.
Uses text structures to derive relationships among ideas and deeper or more subtle meaning (signal words;
patterns such as cause/effect, comparison, sequence; foundational vs. detailed information).
Evaluates information from a variety of sources for accuracy, appropriateness, validity and comprehensiveness.
Recognizes statements that can be verified.
Uses collaborative and independent digital tools to record and organize information.
Pursues a balanced perspective of fact, opinion, and different points of view.
• Critically examines and analyzes relevant information from a variety of sources to discover relationships among ideas.
Organizes notes and ideas using both print and electronic tools to create the most appropriate organizational pattern to express the connections and patterns.
Draws clear and appropriate conclusions supported by evidence and examples.
• Drafts the presentation/product to present an argument, point of view, interpretation, or new model most effectively with supporting evidence.
Cites all sources used according to standard style formats.
Identifies and uses a variety of technology tools, including Web-based interactive tools, to organize
information, create a product, and enhance communication with a real world application.
• Identifies and evaluates the important and subtle features for an effective product.
• Records individual experience of the inquiry process – the hardest part, best part, skills learned, insights
experienced, etc. – with suggestions for future improvements.
Indicators in bold are Priority Benchmark Skills.