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Year 8 Inquiry Assignment Leading to your 2005 Speech

Achievement Objectives

Written Language: Reading Substrand Processes: Exploring language, thinking critically

Processing information; using appropriate technologies to retrieve, select, and present accurate and coherent information for a range of purposes, analysing the processes used.

Oral Language: Interpersonal Speaking:

Speak confidently and clearly in small and large groups to recount experiences and events, and communicate information, ideas, and opinions, respecting and responding to others.


Your task is participate in all the steps involved in an inquiry, beginning with thinking about a range of possible topics and ending with giving a speech to the class on your chosen topic.

You have two weeks to complete the research aspect of this assignment. Completion date is 21st October.

During the following week you will write and practice your speech.  Speeches will be held during Week 4: Monday 31st October- Friday 4 November. Finalists will be chosen for the Year 8 Speech Competition to be held on Thursday 10th November.


Tasks to be completed as part of your Research Assignment


1. Title Page communicating your topic visually.


2. A brainstorm diagram of possible topics to research with your chosen topic



3. A diagram of key words that would be useful when researching your chosen topic.

      You will head up this diagram with the topic you have chosen.


4. A list of as many questions that you can think of about this topic. (Make sure

    you have a range of open and closed questions, simple and complex questions.)

    The questions that you choose in order to research your topic are of the most

    importance!The initial questions will dictate the quality of your assignment.


5. List your three focus questions, alter or change them if you need to once you

    have started to gather information.  You may find interesting and valuable

    information that you would like to include in your assignment, but it is not relevant

    to your question. Therefore go back to your question and amend!


6.  Write a list of all the possible sources of information which could help you to

     answer your questions.  Include names of people, or organisations, books and so



7.  A research log which includes all the details of what you did, and which source

     you used each time that you worked on your inquiry. You must write down all the

     specific details of the book, encyclopaedia, newspaper, magazine or website that

     you use. This will help you constuct your bibliography.


8.  The presentation of your answers in written and visual form.

9.  Your personal evaluation of the research assignment.

10.A Bibliography. An alphabetical list of all the resources that you have used. This

      is sectioned with subheadings such as Encyclopaedias, Newspapers, Books,

     Websites, Magazines.


Inquiry Assessment Schedule










1. Title Page

   (Static Image)




2. Brainstorm of possible





3. Key Words





4. Possible Questions





5 Focus fertile, open ended






6. Possible Sources

   (3 different types)





7. A research log





8. Collection of information

    processed and written as a

   formal speech.





9. Personal Evaluation





10 Bibliography (Alphabetically

    and in sections)






Each task will be marked out of three, totalled as a score out of 30.

Overall mark                15-19 Achieved

                                    20-24 Merit

                                    25-30 Excellent









My Evaluation of the Inquiry

Inquiry Topic:



Decide how you would rate yourself on each of these during this inquiry. Circle the face that shows how you best felt about yourself.


Getting organised planning  the inquiry.



Getting information from resources.



Presenting what I learned.



Time Management, spreading out the work evenly.



My overall performance during this inquiry.

Answer these questions

        What did you find interesting about this inquiry?

        Is there anything about this inquiry you did not enjoy?

        What skills do you feel you need to develop more?


         What do you think you did best during this inquiry?







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