Lesson Plan

Research Made Easy with Online Resources

Research skills
Cara B.
Media specialist/librarian
RCS MIddle School
Ravena, NY
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
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Students will be able to locate and use information from online resources to prove statements about the Middle Ages.

Social Studies
Grades 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Reading

Read aloud an excerpt from the book “Terrible Tales of the Middle Ages” by Clare Hibbert and discuss what it may have been like to live in the Middle Ages.


Student Instructions

Students will listen and discuss.

2 Direct Instruction

Students will be doing a project about the Middle Ages.  They will be using online resources to prove their choice of 5 out of 10 statements.  They will need to prove these statements using at 3-5 facts.  They may choose any format to present their findings.

  • People of the Middle Ages age a wide variety of food. (Food)
  • People during the Middle Ages had different ways of dressing. (Fashion/Clothes)
  • There were many different types of weapons used in the Middle Ages. (Weapons)
  • Women during the Middle Ages had many different responsibilities. (Women)
  • Tournaments during the Middle Ages were like modern day sporting events. (Tournaments/Jousting)
  • People of the Middle Ages often did not take good care of themselves. (Health/Medicine)
  • The medieval castle had many different parts and uses. (Parts of a Castle)
  • Heraldry was often something the upper class of the Middle Ages participated in. (Heraldry)
  • It was very difficult to become a knight in the Middle Ages. (Knights)
  • There were different methods used to attach a castle in the Middle Ages. (Siege)

Discuss with students how they decide what is the main topic of the sentence (finding a keyword of the sentence or main idea). The keywords are given next to each statement for the teacher.  Discuss how articles in encyclopedias have keywords, and these are what you would use to search or words you would look for to find information.  

Use of keywords - how search for specific information; synonyms.

When start to read an article, find there is too much information, don’t want to read whole thing just what you are looking for.  Each article is divided into sections (like chapters).  Each main section has a name or heading.

If it is a really large article, each heading will have subheadings or smaller sections.

Also has highlighted words that are links that you can click on to find more information about a specific subject.

Student Instructions

Group Discussion

3 Guided Instruction

Read the first statement, discuss as a class what the main topic and keyword may be.  


Go to one of the resources and look for that word in the article or on the website.

Skim and scan to find the specific information you require.

Model for the students how to look up information and record the specific information you need on Google Keep.


Student Instructions

Group discussion

Students try each step after seeing the teacher model each step

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Investigating

Teacher will circulate to help students as needed.

Student Instructions

Have students research their questions.

5 Wrap-up

Activity: Exploring

As a class discuss the use of websites for information and easy/hard it was to find specific information they were looking for.


Student Instructions

Class Discussion