Though information is readily available on computers and personal technology devices, effective methods of online research should be introduced and taught over multiple grade levels. Digital literacy and critical thinking skills are major elements of the Common Core Standards and are crucial for lifelong academic and workplace success.
This Internet Research Poster Set will help to support teacher-led instruction of the multiple steps and questions to ask when starting a research project. Various lessons can be planned for the different steps in the process and can be adjusted for multiple grade levels. Students should start early to learn critical thinking skills and planning methods regarding focused and purposeful online research and digital literacy.
Included are nine good-sized posters (11” x 17”), one poster for each step in the process plus an overview to be used as a title poster emphasizing the cyclical nature of the process. Though there are many ways to teach online research planning, these posters outline an 8-step process that I teach in computer lab lessons, including: Question, Plan, Search, Evaluate, Gather, Organize, Synthesize, and Revise. The steps and supporting content in the Internet Research Poster Set were written specifically for grades 4-8 as a gradual introduction to purposeful research planning. These colorful posters can be displayed and modeled in your classroom, in a school computer lab or the library/media room.
Help support your students by displaying posters to support teacher-led lessons in the steps of online research and to remind students how to focus on the process of planning and organizing throughout the year.
Note: For best results I printed my posters at a stationary store on thicker, glossy paper and then laminated them at school for long-time wear. If you have a good digital color printer, make necessary adjustments for print-to-edge and avoid cropping the existing design elements.
(For school use only)