In 9th grade, we will assess your research skills and make sure you are familiar with basic research strategies. Learning to be a good researcher is important for succeeding in school and for being an informed citizen.  By the end of this year you will:

  • recognize information resources
  • be able to summarize, paraphrase, and cite resources
  • begin to understand how to efficiently seek the information you need
  • begin to evaluate the information that you find   

In tenth grade, you will have opportunities to increase your understanding of research methods. Learning to be a good researcher is important for succeeding in school and for being an informed citizen. By the end of this year, you will:

  • know how to question as a basis of inquiry
  • better understand how to find current, reliable, authoritative, and purposeful information
  • understand how to use the school's databases
  • understand how the Internet is organized and how search engines work
  • begin to question the information you find
  • recognize "good" information
  • use techniques to broaden, narrow, and focus a topic  
  • begin to use more advanced techniques for research (e.g. Boolean searching)
  • explore the ethics of information use

During eleventh grade, students will gain more exposure to how information affects their everyday lives and how they can use it to plan for their futures. Research skills learned during the first two years at GHS will be strengthened through continual education in the use of databases, the Internet, and traditional library resources.

By the end of twelfth grade, students should be prepared to begin advanced research projects in college, and/ or should be able to effectively evaluate information in their everyday lives.