UNDERSTAND AND ANALYZE CIVIC INFORMATION ONLINE,
CONSIDER WHAT INFORMATION YOU CAN TRUST
how do i investigate a topic and present what i have learned?
If you would like to engage your students in a hands-on research project where they put these ideas into practice, you could draw ideas from the following lesson plans written by Lisa Rothbard. Rothbard was a teacher in Oakland, CA who participated in the Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age Initiative.
Part 1: Selecting and Analyzing Evidence from Various Sources (link)
In this 2-3 day lesson, students select and analyze evidence from four different online sources all focused on their research question on a social issue.
Part 2: Source Credibility (link)
In this 2-3 day lesson, students analyze the credibility and relevancy of their online sources.
Part 3: Synthesizing Corroborating and Contradictory Evidence from Multiple Sources (link)
In this 1 day lesson, students synthesize and analyze the significance of corroborating and contradictory evidence from multiple sources when forming an argument in response to the research question.
Part 4: Creating an Infographic (link)
You can now ask students to plan out and then create their own infographic summarizing what they learned from their research project.
You could also have students present what they learned through another visual format like PowToon or an Ignite presentation (also called a Pecha-kucha). Read these blogs to learn more about various tools to create more visual presentations in the classroom:
Banning Posters and PowerPoints -- The Current blog post by Jennifer Ward
PowToon Review -- Common Sense Media
Pecha-kucha: Presentation as Performance Art -- The Current blog post by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
Teaching Presentation Skills with Ignite -- Edutopia blog post by Andrew Miller