Module 1
Asking Good Questions
Module 2
Finding Information
Module 3
Selecting the Best
Module 4
Putting it Together
Module 5
Your Project
Module 6
Making the Grade

How do I create an effective product that represents my knowledge?

Whether you are writing a paper, making a poster, or creating a presentation, you are producing a product that represents your knowledge on that topic. Producing a product that represents your knowledge, either on your own or with a group, is part of life as an adult. For example:

  • If you cook, the food you prepare is your product.
  • If you are an auto mechanic, the car you repaired is your product.
  • If you are an engineer, your invention is your product.
  • If you are a researcher, your published research is your product.

The Internet allows you to take your product to a wide audience. You can create a personal brand and excellent reputation. All it takes is a good product and a little hard work.

Directions: Begin with #1 and work through #8 below. You'll use these steps to make sure your product is an effective representation of your new knowledge.


Write a formal research paper about your chosen topic. Follow the assignment requirements given by your teacher. Write with your audience and purpose in mind. Here are a few reminders on writing:


Use a computer or other device with word processing ability to write your paper. Review "Step Six: Drafting, Integrating, and Balancing Your Paper" in this guide form Points of View Reference Center, Writing a Research Paper.


Get feedback from your peers or your teacher as you write. Watch the video, Peer Review Commenting Strategies, from University of Minnesota to help you be a better peer reviewer.


Edit and proofread your paper to prepare it for final publication and evaluation. Use this editing checklist from Indiana University Northwest to help you decide what works and what could be better.


Determine the format for any additional presentations to accompany your research paper such as an infographic, graphs and charts, or images. For ideas, consult the presentation tools in GO! Ask, Act, Achieve.


Prepare your final product, keeping in mind the assignment and your audience.

  • Decide if your project should be published. If you are publishing, where will you publish?
  • If your project is a paper, analyze your paper for plagiarism with Paper Rater: Pre-Grade Your Paper.

Read the information on the page, Steps to Copyright, to learn how you can secure copyright for your own project.


Show what you know with this quiz.

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