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How do you use a search engine, like Google or Bing, to locate information online? What we assume comes naturally for our students of the Digital Age is actually a complex process that requires instruction and scaffolding. Students need guided practice in this process that requires many skills and decisions.
This product teaches students the basic information and gives them the practice needed to become a skilled online researcher. (*Note - several of the pages and ideas in this product are duplicated in my Argumentative Writing Instructional Workbook).
I am very impressed at how my students transformed throughout this mini-unit. At the beginning of the unit, I did a quick Google search on my SMARTBoard and asked students for their feedback - "Which should we click, and why?" Their only 'go-to' responses were "Blogs are bad. Avoid Wikipedia." By the end of this mini-unit, I was getting very intelligent, thoughtful responses such as, "Well that might be a little out of date for what we are looking for" and "Is that really on topic?" and "This news cite seems to be trying to convince me that this is a bad idea. I can tell by the language they are using, even though I trust the facts." I was very impressed with my students, and I know they will be more educated consumers of digital text.
* Internet Searching (how to effectively use search functions to find exactly what you want online)
* What Domain Names Really Mean
* How to Determine if a Website is Credible - Poster
* Practice Determining Credible Evidence (students examine real search results and discuss whether or not they would click the links)
* Avoiding Plagiarism (How to quote)
* Bibliography / Works Cited (APA & MLA)
Includes Answer Key with discussion ideas.
This product is the perfect companion for your Expository Essay or Argumentative Writing Project.
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