Subject: Library Skills
1. Topic-
Website Evaluation
2. Content-
The "CRAP" Test
Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Develop discretion when choosing websites
2.Look for reference to back-up information stated
3.Compare/contrast "bad" vs. "good" websites
4. Objectives-
1.Students will learn criteria for evaluating websites
2.Students will see the difference between a reliable and unreliable source.
3.Students will learn to question the authority of a website.
5. Materials and Aids-
Mini notebook or laptop with Internet access
Multimedia projector/screen
Graphic version of The CRAP Test on "Glogster"
Bad website examples suited to the topic
List of reliable websites/databases from Library homepage
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Review the library's Internet Usage Rules.
2.Review login procedure.
3.Note use of links from Library homepage ONLY!

B. Development-

1.Show and explain CRAP test page on Glogster.
2.Show bad website example (as indicated on 5 X 8 card)
3.Show reliable websites from Library homepage (as indicated on 5 X 8 card).

C. Practice-

1.Have students connect to N-computing and login using their usernames and passwords.
2.Direct students to Library homepage.
Remind them of useful links.


D. Independent Practice-

1.Students will search "useful" links to locate and article on the assigned topic.
2.After review and approval by the teacher or librarian, students can print one article each.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1.Librarian can direct IEP students to websites with lower reading level. Many databases indicate said level or the search criteria can be adjusted.
2.Students with visual disabilities can change the font size on the computer.

F. Checking for understanding-

1.If necessary, have student read the first paragraph allowed.
2.Use the "five finger rule" for vocabulary understanding.

G. Closure-

1.After printing, the students will log out and head to the tables to work on reading the article completely as time allows.
2.Classroom teacher will instruct students to line up at the end of class period.
7. Evaluation-
Each student should leave the library with one article print out on the assigned topic.
8. Teacher Reflection-
As noted in plan book.

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