An internet info lesson that proved to be an eye-opening experience for my students was one on internet domains. What they are and what they could mean? What should one expect to be different on a dot com versus dot org? What about about dot net versus dot gov? Should something posted on a dot edu site be considered “credible” since it’s on an education site? What about the extensions that follow the forward slash? Evaluating Websites
For some reason too many students think that citing several different URLs means they are citing several different sources. One teacher had her students do searches to discover the original posting of an article that appeared all over the place. Students soon learned that many writers simply reposted an article which had no documentation at all.
Here’s a link to slides used in lesson to prepare students to research in preparation for writing a speech. These same strategies can be used to teach internet skills in ELA classes, too.
Please note some of the slides are based on information presented in the textbook used for that course, PUBLIC SPEAKING: Concepts for a Diverse Society 5th Edition by Clella Jaffe