Lesson Plan

Research 101

Finding and evaluating online sources.
Anna R.
Media specialist/librarian
Muscle Shoals High School
Muscle Shoals, United States
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Students will be able to...

  • Use technology to find sources using credible databases and websites
  • Evaluate sources based on the C.R.A.A.P. test
English Language Arts
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Hook

Project article for the class to see it. Preset it as "real" and point out that it came from a "news" site and even quotes Mark Zuckerberg. 

2 Introduction

Discuss how currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose are all important when evaluating sources. 

  • So, based on the CRAAP test, is our article about Facebook a reliable source?---NO

3 Practice

Give students a few minutes to work on the handout. Once they are finished rating sources (1=best, 8=worst) discuss. 

4 Instruction

Share how to find sources on AVL (Alabama Victual Library) or any other database students have access to. 

5 Independent practice and wrap up

Students need to find one source through a database on AVL and then choose one of the two links (Dog Island or the Tree Octopus) provided. Using the article from a database and the website, students will complete the CRAAP test worksheet. 

Answer and questions and discuss as needed.