I now have:
__ read a general article on my topic
__ definitions and explanations to understand my topic better
__ keywords written down to search
__ questions from my initial research
__ an essential question
Get Some Background Information:
Read one or two articles from a general encyclopedia (Britannica Online) or an online database. Background information provides you with definitions, explanations, and terms related to the topic.
Note: Each of these databases provide you with the citation!
Try searching for the word Elizabethan or try Renaissance England
With ABC-CLIO, choose one of two sub-databases: Daily Life through History and World History: The Modern Era
Write down some keywords: These are the important words that you will search later. They define your topic and are basic facts, concepts, terms, events, and/or people.
Write a few questions that will be a starting point to your research.
Start them with What, Where, When, Why, or How.
Write an Essential Question: A question that looks deeply into a subject for greater meaning. It makes meaningful connections with prior learning and/or personal experiences. It creates discussion and even more questions. It can consider alternatives and justify answers. It can't be answered with a sentence or two.
How did Shakespeare's childhood influence his writing?