Lesson Plan

  • Lesson 3: Content Introduction

    Lesson Objectives:

     

    1. Students will be able to correctly define the tem “validity”.

    2. Students will be able to list at least three criteria that can be used to check a web site’s validity.

    3. Student will be able to accurately rank a web site’s validity, given list of evaluation criteria

    Instructional Activities and Strategies:

     

    Teaching Activity Type

    Digital Application

    Engage:

    Show students Tree Octopus Web site.

    Show Geico French Model commercial clip to class

    Class discussion of the definition of “validity” and why validity is important using:

    Class looks at the following site together to help establish importance of checking Website validity.

    UNC Asheville: Evaluating Website Material
    http://bullpup.lib.unca.edu/library/lr/evalweb.html

    View Presentation

    Activating/Generating Knowledge

    website

     

    Video Clip

    Modeling:

    Teacher led discussion of what kinds of things make for a valid source

    Key Questions for Site Evaluation:

    -        Is it clear what it’s about?

    -        Is it easy to find the information you need?

    -        Is it clear who is providing the information

    -        Can the information be checked?

    -        When was the site produced or updated?

    -        Are there a lot of ads?

    Discussion

    teacher webpage with the key questions prepared.

     

    Guided Practice and Exploration:

    Teacher will navigate to the 3 example websites and ask the students to indicate if they feel the site seems valid based on the criteria.

    http://www.rarespecies.org/

    http://www.fws.gov/endangered/

    http://www.debate.org/opinions/are-humans-the-cause-for-extinction-of-other-species

     

    Answer Questions

    Sites linked on teacher Web page  - students explore on iPad

    ex 1.   ex 2.   ex 3.

     

     

    Independent Practice and Elaboration:

    Provide three websites for students to evaluate independently.  Students copy and paste the guiding questions and web links into Evernote from teacher Web site. Students examine each site and draw conclusion based on their answers to the Key Questions.

     

    Answer Questions

    Site linked on teacher Web page  - students explore on iPad

    http://animalsareweird.blogspot.com/2009/04/hispaniolan-solendon.html

     

    http://www.edgeofexistence.org/mammals/species_info.php?id=4

     

    http://www.makethelist.net/top-10-strange-animals/

     

     

    Evernote

    Assessment/Evaluation:

    Teacher runs Socrative quiz throughout class to record student opinions regarding individual sites and their validity.

    Answer Questions

    Socrative

     

     

    Resources, Materials and Technology Needed:

    Ipads

    IWB

    teacher webpage with questions and sites prepared

    Evernote

    Socrative Quiz Prepared