Lesson Plan

Use the TACO method for evaluating websites

Students will be able to evaluate websites with a set of criteria to determine appropriate resources
Melanie G.
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Forestbrook Middle School
Myrtle Beach, United States
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Students will be able to...

evaluate websites based on the TACO method:





English Language Arts
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

Students can use Educreations to take notes while the teacher reviews the methods that should be used when evaluating websites for validity.  Teachers can also use Educreations to record their notes and presentations ahead of time and also post this online for the students to access.

2 Direct Instruction

Students need to visit the following link via the web:


Here they have the TACO handout, and a guide and links to the resources that they will need to evaluate.

3 Guided Practice

Edmodo can be utilized to store both the links for Educreations and Edcanvas so that students have one location to search for the lesson information.  Edmodo can also be used to easily create quizzes and assignments for the students to complete once they complete the Edcanvas activity. 

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Investigating

Students will need to research a predetermined topic and find two websites that are valid based on the TACO requirements and would be good for research

5 Wrap-Up

Students will complete an exit slip in Edmodo and name the four TACO criteria for evalutaing websites.