Information Literacy Lesson Plan

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This contains the lesson plan that I created with a fellow teacher that incorporates Information Literacy with U. S. History. It includes a link to a wiki that we created for students to use for all of their resources.


Information Literacy Lesson Plan Robin Thompson FRIT 7136 - Fall 2012 Dr. Rebecca Warren Pathfinder URL:

Grade: 11th American History Teachers: Mrs. Robin Thompson (SLMS), Mr. Keith Forkin (teacher) Content Topic: Genealogy and Ellis Island Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Goals: Standard 2: Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge. Skills Indicator(s):2.1.1 Continue an inquiry-based research process by applying critical thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, organization) to information and knowledge in order to construct new understandings, draw conclusions, and create new knowledge. 2.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information. 2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.

Benchmark(s):- Critically examine and analyze relevant information from a variety of sources to discover relationships and patterns among ideas.

- Use web-based and other technology tools to show connections and patterns in the ideas andinformation collected. - Revise work based on ongoing self-assessment and feedback from teachers and peers.

Dispositions Indicator(s):2.2.2 Use both divergent and convergent thinking to formulate alternative conclusions and test them against the evidence. 2.2.4 Demonstrate personal productivity by completing products to express learning.

Responsibilities Indicator(s):2.3.2 Consider diverse and global perspectives in drawing conclusions.

Self-Assessment Strategies Indicator(s):2.4.3 Recognize new knowledge and understanding.

Connection to Local or State Standards:

Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Crosswalk - Grades 11 & 12CC11-12RH/SS7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem. CC11-12RH/SS9 Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.

Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects Crosswalk - Grades 11 & 12CC11-12WH/SS/S/TS2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes. CC11-12WH/SS/S/TS6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information. CC11-12WH/SS/S/TS8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.

Georgia Performance Standards for United States HistorySSUSH12 The student will analyze important consequences of American industrial growth. a. Describe Ellis Island, the change in immigrants origins to southern and eastern Europe and the impact of this change on urban America.

Overview: Mr. Forkins U. S. History students are studying immigration, and he ran across the statisticthat 40% of Americans today can trace their ancestry back to Ellis Island. He asked me how we could incorporate that into a possible project. I had started working with Prezi and felt comfortable enough to work with his kids to try this Web 2.0 tool instead of doing the normal PowerPoint presentation. So we decided that students would first check to see if they had relatives that arrived via Ellis Island. If they did, great! IF not, then we would still get them to see where they were from, as well as tie in significant events that happened on or near each family members birth dates. Depending on the events and dates, this project would actually touch on many more GPS standards for U. S. History. Also, this activity would incorporate the Common Core Reading and Writing Standards for 11-12 grade History.

Final Product: The students will create a Prezi that traces their family ancestry, hopefully from EllisIsland, but at least back to great-grandparents. It will include the birth dates, birth place, and a significant event near the birth date for all of the following family members: great-grandparents, grandparents, mother, father, and then themselves. Library Lesson(s): The students will use a wiki that I created as a pathfinder for online sources, Media Center resources, and information on how to create and work with Prezi. They will need to interview parents and grandparents, if possible, to obtain names, specifically last names, for early generation family

members. With this information, students will use online sources and Media Center resources to discover dates and events for each family member. This information will then be used to create a Prezi family tree.

Assessment Product Process Student self-questioning

Instructional Plan Resources students will use: Online subscription database(s) Web sites Books Nonprint Periodicals/newspapers Instruction/activities Direct Instruction Modeling and guided practice: Independent practice: Sharing and reflecting:

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