Assignment Organizer for Grades 6-8

Fill out Big6 #1-5 before you begin to work on your assignment.
Fill out Big6 #6 before you turn in your assignment.
You will need to print this form before exiting the page.


Today's date: Class:

Big6 #1 Task Definition
What am I supposed to do?

What information do I need in order to do this? (Consider listing in question form.)
 List below information that you feel you need to know at this time.


Big6 #2 Information Seeking Strategies
List the best sources to find this information. Don't forget traditional print and human sources as appropriate.

If using web sites, who will evaluate them for relevancy, accuracy, and authority?
I will use only those evaluated by and provided by my teachers.
I will use a web site evaluation guide.

Big6 #3 Location & Access
Where will I find these sources?
school library
recommended sites on Dragons' Info Lair.
personal library
provided by my teachers

If using a search engine, list likely key words. Information on using search engines

Big6 #4 Use of Information
How will I record the information that I find?
take notes using cards
take notes on notebook paper
take notes using a word processor
take notes using a data chart or other graphic organizer
illustrate concepts
use a tape recorder, video, or digital camera

How will I give credit to my sources?
use APA Style or the OSLIS Example Citations (MLA) web site for citing Internet resources
use the Citation Machine or Citation Maker.

Big6 #5 Synthesis
How will I put it all together and show my results?
written paper
oral presentation
multimedia presentation

How will I give credit to my sources in my final product or performance?
include a written bibliography
after the performance or presentation, announce which sources I used

Timeline for assignment:
Information searching (note taking) completed by:
First draft due:
Completed assignment due:

Include here any additional information needed to successfully complete the assignment:

Big6 #6 Evaluation
Before turning in my assignment, I need to check off all of these items (on the printed Organizer):
what I created to finish the assignment is appropriate for what I was supposed do in Big6 #1
the information I found in Big6 #4 matches the information needed in Big6 #1
credit is given to my sources, written in standard citation format
I am in compliance of copyright laws and fair use guidelines
my work is neat
my work is complete and includes heading information (name, date, etc.)
I would be proud for anyone to view this work

Links modified by Janet Murray, Information Specialist, Yokosuka Middle School, Yokosuka, Japan, with permission from Barbara A. Jansen, Librarian, Upper School, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Austin, TX copyright 2000. 

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Last updated April, 2008.