State of Illinois Language Arts Goal #5: Research Process


STATE GOAL 5:  Use the language arts to acquire, assess and communicate information.


Why This Goal Is Important:  To be successful in school and in the world of work, students must be able to use a wide variety of information resources (written, visual and electronic).  They must also know how to frame questions for inquiry, identify and organize relevant information and communicate it effectively in a variety of formats.  These skills are critical in school across all learning areas and are key to successful career and lifelong learning experiences.


A.     Locate, organize, and use infor­ma­tion from various sources to answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas.


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Late High School

5.A.4a  Demonstrate a knowledge of strategies needed to prepare a credible research report (e.g., notes, planning sheets).

5.A.5a  Develop a research plan using multiple forms of data.

5.A.4b  Design and present a project (e.g., research report, scientific study, career/higher education opportunities) using various formats from multiple sources.

5.A.5b  Research, design and present a project to an academic, business or school community audience on a topic selected from among contemporary issues.


B.    Analyze and evaluate information acquired from various sources.


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Late High School

5.B.4a  Choose and evaluate primary and secondary sources (print and nonprint) for a variety of purposes.

5.B.5a  Evaluate the usefulness of infor­mation, synthesize information to support a thesis, and present information in a logical manner in oral and written forms.

5.B.4b  Use multiple sources and multiple formats; cite according to standard style manuals.

5.B.5b  Credit primary and secondary sources in a form appropriate for presentation or publication for a particular audience.


C.    Apply acquired information, concepts and ideas to communicate in a variety of formats.


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Late High School

5.C.4a  Plan, compose, edit and revise information (e.g., brochures, formal reports, proposals, research summaries, analyses, editorials, articles, overheads, multimedia displays) for presentation to an audience.

5.C.5a  Using contemporary technology, create a research presentation or prepare a documentary related to academic, technical or occupational topics and present the findings in oral or multimedia formats.

5.C.4b  Produce oral presentations and written documents using supportive research and incorporating contemporary technology.

5.C.5b  Support and defend a thesis statement using various references including media and electronic resources.

5.C.4c  Prepare for and participate in formal debates.



From: lllinois Learning Standards : Language Arts


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