Practicing Research & Reasoning: 21st Century Skills

January 3-February 22

Goal or Task

Who should do it?

What do I do, exactly?

Thursday 1/5

Copy Guiding Questions into your InB Skills/Reference Section
all classes

Notes title: Internet Research Guiding Questions

  • What is internet literacy and how can it help me as a learner?

  • How do I find information using the internet? & how do I narrow it down to useful information?

  • Which search engines are best for school / research use (non-fiction)?

Friday 1/6 & Monday 1/9

Netscape & Microsoft
all classes

Watch Browser Wars Video & take notes on half sheet

Wednesday 1/27

Copy into INB Journal:
Internet Research Terms
all classes

Wednesday 2/1

Narrow Your Topic
all classes

Use the handout & a search engine to practice research techniques.

Thursday 2/2

Favorites & File Folders
Period 2 only

Create two folders: one in bookmarks, one on the desktop

Complere Favorites and File Folders handout & turn-into basket

Friday 2/3

Internet Browser Tasks: Sending an attachment via email
Period 4 ONLY

Grab a half sheet.

Find an article, save it, send it as an attachment, print a copy as proof!

Thursday 2/9 & Friday 2/10

Fact vs. Opinion
Periods 3 & 6
all classes

View the google presentation & take the quiz with a partner in your group. Discuss each question before you answer and fill out your blue sheet as you go. Your partner will also be your writing partner for the writing activity.

Friday 2/10

Career Research Introduction
all classes
Create your login on

Wednesday 2/15

Evaluating a Website

Grab the handout, then prepare to take notes on the website below.======
To Access, if you're absent: Click on Media> Analyzing a World Wide Web Page & take notes. Click on the tutorial below:
Holt Website Criteria Tutorial

Thursday 2/16

Evaluating a Website

Plagiarism Notes

Take notes in Skills/Ref on plagiarism & paraphrasing video.




Citing Sources/Citations

LInk to video for home access:


iGoogle home sites~ play around with the page.

  • Set up your page to make it interesting!

  • Some items that work at home may not work at school because of the filter for LPS.

1. Login to

2. Click on>My Accounts button in the upper right hand corner.

3. You'll see a little google face smiling at you. Scroll down & set your location to Denver, instead of Littleton.

4. Scroll further until you see a link for iGoogle--click on the iGoogle link.

5. Play around with backgrounds and "adding stuff" to your page.

6. You're required to have at least 3 items on your iGoogle homepage:

  • gmail
  • google docs
  • news feed of some sort (excluding sports)
  • You may add a sports feed, but it can't be your only news source!

Internet Buzz Words Quiz

via google docs or printed handout

Do Not Use Items Below

Internet Buzz Words Activity

Homework Wednesday 3/16: Print, read & annotate for HW. Highlight info that's important, make notes in the margin & use a ? to offset something you don't understand.

HW Article #1

HW Article #2

Thesis statements

1. Grab your InB & use the handout below to guide you through notes on thesis statements. Don't print it, just copy it into your InB:

Open the poweroint below, grab headphones & take notes on the ppt:

When your notes are complete, hop onto the site below to review thesis statements, only after you've taken complete notes:

Thesis Review

Print this Thesis Statements Practice #1 handout & complete it for homework. (due Friday)

Evaluating Websites

Eval Sheet

Sites for Evaluation

Final Assessment- Four Paragraph Essay using a Thesis Statement & Internet Information due by _ via the wiki page for your class period.


Name the document: P3 Internet Research or P4 Internet Research (depending on your class). Then, inside the document, include you & your partner's name.

You may work on this at home!

Essential Learnings/Standards:
1. Introduction to basic Web search tools (directories, search engines
  • Standard 1: The information literate student accesses information efficiently and effectively.
  • Standard 6: The information literate student is an independent learner who strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.

2. Understanding URLs –
  • Standard 2: The information literate student evaluates information critically and competently.

3. Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Website
  • Standard 9: The information literate student contributes positively to the learning community and to
society and participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.

4. Choosing the best hits/results –
  • Standard 2: The information literate student evaluates information critically and competently