Big 6

Big 6 Problem Solving Model

Step 1: Task Definition 

What do I need to do?

What questions do I need to answer?

What will my end product look like?

How will it be graded? 


Step 2: Information Seeking Strategies 

How will I find the information I need?


Step 3: Location & Access 

What resources will I need?

How will I decide if my sources are valid?

Step 4: Use of Information 

Read, listen, view

Pull out the information that will work for you.


Using your own words, write down the information on a notecard or notebook.

Cite your sources!

Remember to site your sources as you go.

Citations forms for your sources.


Step 5: Synthesis 

Organize your information

  • Write a rough draft
  • Create an outline
  • Create a storyboard
  • Make a sketch

Put your information together into a final product. Include a bibliography.

Present your final product. 


Step 6: Evaluation

If your teacher gave you a rubric or grading checklist, use it to make sure you’ve included everything before submitting your final product.

What did I learn?

What worked well? 

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