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Middle School: Grade 8 Growth Mindset Research

Growth Mindset Research

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Rules for Developing Questions

Examine your research question. Produce additional questions that will guide your research. Here are your rules for working:


  • Brainstorm as many questions as you can related to your topic

  • Do not stop to discuss, judge or answer the questions

  • Write down questions exactly as stated

  • Change any statement to questions

Question Words


Unit #1 Growth Mindset Research Pre-Assessment

Goal: Demonstrate that you are able to identify growth mindset and grit in inspiring figures through research.

Situation: You will choose one of the following people: Simone Biles, Gandhi, Frederick Douglass, Ram Nath Kovind, or Mark Inglis. Develop a research question that you would use to learn about how they became successful. Jot down keywords/search terms you will use while you research. In 10-20 minutes do some reading and note taking to answer your question. Write a one paragraph explanation of how this person is an example of the use of grit and growth mindset.

Product: In your Notebook I need to be able to see:

  • A question

  • Keywords/ search terms

  • Note taking during research

  • One paragraph explanation


Research to Build and Present Knowledge





  • Conduct short research projects to answer a self-generated question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

  • Gather relevant information from multiple sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.



Vocabulary Acquisition and Use





  • Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

    • GMS Unit 1:  growth mindset, fixed mindset, neurons, neuroplasticity, neural pathways, dendrites

    • GMS Unit 2:  mistakes, failure, success, challenge, dendrites, axon, synapses, opportunity, self-talk, effort, grit, self-efficacy



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