The Simple Four

The Simple Four is a problem-solving research model developed for South Carolina and works with the research and inquiry standard (Standard 6) in the 2007 ELA Academic Standards.

Step 1: PLAN

(Planning means that students are engaging the topic or assignment and deciding what they know about the topic; what they want/need to know about the topic; and what information they need about their topic to complete their assignment or research project.)


Students demonstrate the ability to:


Step 2: Act

(As students ACT ontheir plan, they must prioritize their list of possible sources of information, find those resources, engage the resources, to extract the relevant information and then evaluate the information for credibility, authority, and relationship to the topic or assignment.)


Students demonstrate the ability to:


Step 3: Organize

(When students ORGANIZE their information, they make decisions about that information and their topic or assignment. During this phase, students create their final product (e.g., paper, multimedia presentation, web page, podcast) and submit it to the teacher. This is the phase where students demonstrate what they have learned.)


Students demonstrate the ability to:


Step 4: Reflect

(When students REFLECT, they are evaluating their final product as well as their research process. During this phase, student work may be submitted for peer review. During this phase the teacher and library media specialist will review the students' work and evaluate the content and process using a grading rubric.)


Students demonstrate the ability to: