Think/Puzzle/Explore: This thinking routine will help you determine what you know about your topic and what you want to learn through research.
Your prior knowledge needs to be documented so that you can distinguish between what information belongs to you and the new information that you will gather through your research. Using this thinking routine, document everything that you can recall about your thesis. Allow that thesis to be the focus of your research.
Use your ideas listed from your subtopics to help you answer the following questions below:
Think: What do I already know about my topic? Write a 3-4 sentence paragraph for each of your subtopics. Consider sharing how you know this information? Provide an explanation for the way(s) in which the information on the topic was learned.
Puzzle: What do I want to learn about this topic? This should be written in question form that would reveal what you would like to further explore.
- What do I know about the questions that have been raised? Provide as much information as you can.
- What do I need to know about this topic? Provide bullet points of ideas.
- What are some possible answers for the information that you listed as a “need to know” regarding this topic?
Explore: Where could I get the information for which I am looking? How do I come up the key terms to research? Are my sources valid? How can I investigate this topic without looking something up?