Lesson Plan

Learning to Evaluate Websites

Students learn to choose appropriate websites for their information needs
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Assabet Valley Vocational High School
Marlborough, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Students will be able to identify appropriate information for their information needs.

Students will assess the usefulness of an online source to answer a research need.

Students will be able to evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of currency, authority, purpose, objectivit, writing style and appropriateness to information needs.

Students will be able to navigate to the Learning Commons website and to specific pages within the site.

Students will understand how to use the CAPOW method to evaluate a website.

English Language Arts
Grades 9
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Teacher Notes
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1 Hook

Students will view a short video on learning why it is necessary to evaluate websites and how to do it.

Video will be embedded on Google Site.

2 Guided Practice

Students will learn the CAPOW method of evaluating websites.

Teacher will model evaluating a website from a Google Search with student input.

Students will learn how to use the Snipping Tool installed with Windows 7.

3 Independent Practice

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Students will learn to navigate to the School Virtual Learning Commons website.

Students will learn to navigate to the "Search Strategies and Website Evaluation" guide.

Students will be assigned a specific website from the list to evaluate.

Students will evaluate website using the CAPOW method

Students will use snipping tool to create screenshots that illustrate each of the evaluation steps.

Students will add these screenshots into the Google Presentation template provided by the teacher. Screenshots will be

highlighted/annotated so the evaluation criteria are marked.

Students will add their comments in the notes indicating how they evaluated each item.

Students will share their presentation with teacher.


4 Wrap Up

Free, Paid

Students will answer a short quiz on how to evaluate a website.

5 Assessment

Students will be assessed on their Google Presentation.