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Online Research Lesson Plan


Online Research Lesson Plan

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This is a lesson plan to be use to teach students how to find useful and reliable resources on online databases
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Date Added to MERLOT: January 23, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 08, 2012
Submitter: Jeannine Baum


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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School, College General Ed
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Language: English
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Avatar for Macarena Aracely Boysen
4 years ago

Macarena Aracely Boysen (Teacher (K-12))

Es un material muy adecuado para entregarle a los estudiantes aplicación para el aula. 

Avatar for Daniel Beuchert
5 years ago

Daniel Beuchert (Teacher (K-12))

This is a lesson that definitely has a need in high school, and introducing students to finding good and reliable resources.  So many times students will cite sources that haven't been vetted completely, and that can lead to some issues.  I like how the lesson gives the students motivation to research so that they can be more accurate in their discussions, which will make them want to have better sources.  It might be good to have some samples ready of sources that look good at first, but tun out to be rather misleading or incorrect after researching the source.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Molly Beer
5 years ago

Molly Beer (Teacher (K-12))

This is a much-needed lesson topic for students.  They tend to blindly trust everything they find on the internet.  I printed the evaluation sheet and the research paper rubric.  They will both be useful for middle school language arts.  My only suggestion would be to include a topic for the research paper.  I am interested to know what topic you will be using with this lesson. 

Avatar for Catherine Wolf
5 years ago

Catherine Wolf (Faculty)

The grade level range for this lesson plan was from middle school to general ed college level.  However, it would not be appropriate beyond 10th grade due to its simplicity and likelihood of offending students. College students, even at county colleges, prefer not to work in groups to determine the validity/reliability of online sources. First, it would waste precious instructional time. Secondly, college frosh have so many other adjustments to make, to use this exercsie would be akin to letting the blind lead the blind. Instead, I have found it helpful to give students a few general rules: don't use Wikipedia, for it is unrelaible (and I explain why), always use scholarly sources usually ending in .edu/.org, or sleect from various sources the college subscribes to such as JOLT. LION, etc. This is after I help students narrow down their research focus through conferences. The next step is small group work where students discuss each other's sources, article printouts (and/or book abstracts), and help each otehr determine which ones to use or discard. These steps give students ownership, and, since it's accomplished through allotted chunks of time during a few class periods, students have given the project much thought. This process has worked for my students for several years with minimal waste of time and effort.

Avatar for Melissa White
5 years ago

Melissa White (Faculty)

Nice job!