...So I've gathered lots of information
...but how do I make sense of it for my project?
Putting it all together (Assembling)
By now you will have a great variety of information. This stage will help you focus on the bits you need in order to create your project.
Use the class discussion to decide what information to leave out, and whether you need to gather any more.
The interactive lesson will help you decide which facts to trust.
By now your class will have a great variety of information. What you need to do now is focus on the bits of information you need to create something of your own.
Whether you are working individually or in groups, you need to discuss how best to use the information you have. You also need to to decide what to leave out, and whether you need to get your hands on any more information.
If your class project is about animals, for example, and you want to focus on squrrels then you will want to leave out information about other animals unless they are important to the lives of squirrels. A discussion with the rest of your group could help you work out what is important, and what you can leave out.
You might also need to add to the information you have about squirrels if it is not enough, or if you want to check your facts. Same goes whatever topic you are studying, whether it is circuses or the life of a great mathematician.
A good detective, scientist or historian always tries to check their facts. A musician or artist always checks to make sure they have the correct notation or materials. And a pupil who is going to write an amazing story or diagram about squirrels as part of a class project about local animals will want to make sure they have their squirrel facts straight.
So if I have come across a website that claims a squirrel’s favourite food is pizza, how do I know that is correct? Can I trust this information?
Have a class discussion and take guidance from your teacher. Perhaps you need to find another website or book that will confirm what squirrels really like to eat. Hint: it’s not pizza!
Point your mouse over each picture to get the full story.
Here are two different types of source that tell a story about war. One is a person, the other is an object. Mrs McKay lived through the second world war, and has a lot of personal memories about what she saw and heard. She can share these memories with you. The military medal, on the other hand, can’t speak for itself. But with a little investigation you should be able to identify what type of medal it is, who was awarded it and why.
They say there are two sides to every story, and usually many more than that. Let’s say you open up a newspaper and there is a story in it about a new medicine that doctors believe could save a lot of lives. If you go online, however, you can find other reports that say some doctors are worried the new medicine might not be effective, and could even be a waste of money. You need to read the different reports carefully and try to take account of the different points of view.
A newspaper says that an old factory in my town was built by a famous Victorian architect but a website gives a different name, how can I check which one is right?
I want to know who the right architect who built the Donaldson factory was. How can I check?
I can contact the local historian in my town to see if they have any information and I can check another source like an encyclopaedia to see if it has information about the history of the factory.