6th – 12th grade students use up to 12 different library resources to uncover facts about their state. The goal for these Research Units is for students to easily and competently use a wide variety of reference books and their indexes, CDs, and the Internet as research tools as they investigate. Each state unit has 8 different worksheets, each with 12 questions using resources that include American Book of Days, Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, American Place Names, Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, Prominent Women of the 20th Century, Cambridge Gazetteer of the United States and Canada, Rand McNally Premier World Atlas, State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols, Index to Poetry for Children and Young People, 20th Century Day by Day, World Almanac and Book of Facts and Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States. If your library/media center does not have the resources cited, others may be substituted.
You can differentiate the assignment by giving additional points for answers in complete sentences, for paragraphs of additional information, or for additional research a student undertakes.
The unit includes a detailed answer key including book, volume, and page number. This resource is "immortal." Although references will expand and grow with new editions, and new references will take their places, the questions and their answers remain factual.