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David Fanning, Principal
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Research Methods Curriculum

Research Methods Curriculum:
Research Methods offers students the opportunity to explore the wide range of disciplines that encompass the life and growth of
humankind--economics, history, the humanities, psychology, law, political science, and ethnic studies.The content standards that are also
addressed in the English Language Arts unit will allow the students to relate character, setting and plot to real-life situations. They will be able to
generate and organize ideas using a variety of planning strategies and use technology to produce multimedia works for presentations before their
peers and to communicate this acquired information for a specific purpose. They will be able to make connections (text to text, text to life and
text to the world) with the novels in this particular curriculum. This is an integrated unit based on exploring global historical events and the
literature of the period or literature that connects to the theme of the time, the students will become more aware of cultural diversity, and will
be more accepting of differences when they experience working in teams. This will reinforce our goal of creating a productive community of
learners and hopefully a group that will become contributing members of society.
The course also aims to develop students’ writing styles by emphasizing the following:
● A wide-ranging vocabulary used appropriately and effectively
● A variety of sentence structures
● A logical organization, enhanced by specific techniques to increase coherence, such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis
● A balance of generalization and specific illustrative detail
● An effective use of rhetoric, including controlling tone, establishing and maintaining voice, and achieving appropriate emphasis through
diction and sentence structure.
A further aim of the course is to elevate skills in all areas of literacy (speaking and listening as well as reading and writing) and to help develop
the habits of mind such as persistence, flexible thinking, metacognition (thinking about thinking), taking responsible risks, and finding humor
that will serve you not only in school, but in all aspects of your lives.
Enduring Understandings:
Students understand that...
1. The relationship between government and people.
2. Ways ideas influence change.
3. Actions taken to initiate change.
4. Students will understand that European domination of the world resulted in both positive and negative effects.
5. Students understand that… sometimes people will sacrifice their own rights or the rights of others for self preservation.
6. Students will understand that when political ideologies differ conflict may occur resulting in division, oppression, and the desire for
7. Students will understand that as we progress issues will arise that require complex solutions