Topic Selection and Source Evaluation!

Central Focus: Topic choices, why my topic is important to me and evaluating websites that will support my writing.

  • Rationale: The ability to evaluate websites, blogs, online articles etc… is an important lifelong skill that students will use in school and out of school. The Internet can be used as a tool to learn the latest news, all around the world as well as getting any kind of information that serves different purposes such as learning and communicating. It is vitally important to encourage students to use this invaluable source to get any kind of information they need in their academic studies and also to be able to evaluate the credibility of the information.
  • Theme: Why is my social justice issue important?

Content Standards: 

  • ELAGSE9-10W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • ELAGSE9-10W6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
  • ELAGSE9-10W7: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • ELAGSE9-10W8: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
  • ELAGSE9-10W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Student Learning Goals and Objectives:

  • Students will conduct short research on the internet and evaluate the credibility of the sites they look at.
  • Students will learn the difference between quoting and plagiarism.
  • Students will use technology to produce a clear and concise short self-video.

Instruction:

Opening (4 minutes):  Take a laptop. I need you to be seated at your designated stations from yesterday. If you missed yesterday’s class, please ask the teacher for a number 1 or 2 and a copy of the hand-outs for each station.

  •       Number 1s go to the “Topic” station.
  •       Number 2s go to the “Source Evaluation” station.

Instruction (60 minutes): You’ll spend 30 minutes at each station. At the Topic station, using your list of potential social justice issues, the teacher will help you create and record a Flip Grid where you can explain briefly which topic you want to research and write about and why it’s an important topic for you. At the Source Evaluation station the teacher will go over the list of vocabulary words again and discuss the definitions. Then you will have some time to identify and evaluate potential websites that you might use as information sources for your research papers. Please watch the timer on the smart board and move to the next station once the 30 minutes are up.

Closing (6 minutes): Let’s play Kahoot! The Kahoot questions are based on the vocab words from the “Source Evaluation” station.

Differentiation/Planned Support:  Process (small group sessions, hand-outs)

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