Thursday, March 5, 2015

Language Arts Lesson - "Digital Literacy - Can We Use Wikipedia?"

Language Arts Lesson - "Digital Literacy - Can We Use Wikipedia?"

By Mary Pat Mahoney Just Add Students
Grades 6 - 8

Getting students started on a research project, whether big or small, can be fraught with snags. Where should the research begin? What resources should students use? That’s why digital literacy is so important to teach! 

A first step into assessing online information is to look at the undoubtedly biggest and best loved resource: Wikipedia.

Whether you allow students to use Wikipedia or not, this activity will help them understand how and why it works. This is also a perfect lesson to use as a jumping off point for evaluating websites for bias and learning how to cite sources. 

This resource includes everything you need to start teaching today!

*Daily lesson plans
*Student survey activity with data collection and analysis
*Analysis of Wikipedia pages
*QR codes for easy reference
*Exit slips/ journal topics for each lesson
*Rubric for graphing analysis activity
*Answer keys

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