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Step 5: Evaluate

Students: Your goal in this step is to evaluate your completed product and the process you used to create the product.

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“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
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~ John Powell

How did you do? How can you improve next time?

Step 1: 

  • Did you understand the assignment?
  • What did you know about your topic before beginning the project?
  • Could your questions have been better? Would a better question have made your research easier?

Step 2: 

  • Were you able to find sources in a variety of formats?
  • Did you ask for help when you got stuck?
  • What did you learn about the importance of keywords?
  • Why is it important to know how to evaluate your resources?
  • How did you record your information? Did it work?

Step 3: 

  • Did you find an answer to your question?
  • How could you have approached your topic differently?
  • What did you learn about your topic? Why is it important?
  • Would you research this topic again?

Step 4: Ask students:

  • Did you complete the assignment?
  • Is the project complete? (All required steps included)
  • What did you learn about citing your sources?
  • Did you leave time to edit your work?
  • Did you ask someone to review it for you?

Step 5: 

  • What did you do well? What do you need to improve?
  • Which of the five steps was most challenging for you?
  • What could the teacher have done to help you with the process?

Research Rubric:  Use this to see the difference between a good research project and a great one.