INVESTIGATING WITH TECHNOLOGIES
Validating Websites

MANGA

Subject: Asian Art
Grade Level: 6-8


Students will engage in a research project focused around various aspects of Manga. As a vehicle to help students search more effectively on the internet, the students will engage in the following exercise to gain a better understanding how to use the internet to gain academic insight on the topic.


PA STATE STANDARDS
Art and Humanities
9.3.5 (A) Identify critical processes in the examination of works in the arts and humanities.

  • Compare and contrast
  • Analyze
  • Interpret
  • Form and test hypotheses
  • Evaluate/form judgments

9.3.5 (D) Compare similar and contrasting important aspects of works in the arts and humanities based on a set of guidelines using a comprehensive vocabulary of critical response.

ISTE
(4) Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project
c. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
d. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative
solutions.

OBJECTIVE(S)
Students will investigate various websites
Students will identify the meaning of the website
Students will learn how to evaluate, justify and define the information

MATERIALS/RESOURCES
Computer with Internet access (computer lab or laptops)
Projector connected to a computer (SMARTboard if available)
Handouts: REAL, Examine The Content Worksheet, and 3-2-1 Review Worksheet, Look, Layout, Media Elements and Navigation
Whiteboard or large chart paper
Pens or chalk

Websites to Validate by Alan November: http://novemberlearning.com/resources/information-literacy-resources/iii-websites-to-validate/

PROCEDURES
1. THE INTERNET - INTRODUCE URL & DOMAIN NAMES
  • Ask the students “what is the internet?”
  • List answers on the whiteboard
  • Ask the students “what “URL” means?”
  • Define the term with them: Uniform Resource Locator
  • Ask the students “what is a domain name?”
  • List answers on the whiteboard
  • Discuss common extensions, country codes (note “.jp” for Japan), and formatting in the domain name. List the codes on large sheet of paper. During this lesson the information should be hung where the students can see the information, but should remain in the room for future reference (on a bulletin board or taped to the wall).

2. REVIEW FABRICATED WEBSITE (As a whole class)
  • On the projector, bring up the website, Dog Island Free Forever: http://www.thedogisland.com
  • Inform the students we will investigate this website together using the Examine The Content Worksheet and REAL
  • Introduce REAL – the 4 steps to validating a website. Give the students a handout with the definition of REAL
  • Investigate together the domain name, author, publisher, date, links, and facts listed on the website, Dog Island Free Forever
  • Using the Examine The Content Worksheet, the students should fill out the information and answer the questions.
  • Point out what the students observe and have the students list it on the worksheet

3. APPLY THE KNOWLEDGE
  • Once the students have a clear understanding of how to validate a website, have the students form groups of 2-3 students.
  • Using the REAL and Examine The Content Worksheet, each group should validate a website of the group’s choice. The website should pertain to information they want to know more about, not about a product they want to buy.
  • Explain to them they will be doing mini research project on Manga, so this will help them to determine websites as reliable sources for the project.
  • At the last 5 minutes of the class, have each student fill out a 3-2-1 Review Worksheet

EVALUATION
Each student will fill out a 3-2-1 Review Worksheet that lists three things they learned from the lesson, two ways the student will use the information in the future and one question they still have about validating websites.

DIFFERENTIATED ACTIVITIES

  • Based on the different learning styles in the classroom, the entire lesson could be conducted as a whole class activity
  • Students can fill out the handouts and worksheets as the teacher conducts each step of the lesson with the class
  • Handouts and worksheets will be developed to fit all learning needs in the classroom
  • Prepare visual aides to assist the learning process (i.e. images of each page of the website evaluating)


PLAN B
  • If the above website, Dog Island Free Forever: http://www.thedogisland.com does not work, go to Wikipedia and look up Manga: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga
  • Follow the steps listed above
  • Look at the information provided and a conduct search together as a class. Choose a website provided on the web page and compare the information sited on Wikipedia to the new website.
  • Use REAL and Examine The Content Worksheet to compare the information.
  • 3-2-1 Review Worksheet can be used to evaluate

PLAN C
  • If the Internet is unavailable, use two books on “How to Draw Manga” to compare and validate information.
  • Follow the steps listed above except for use REAL and Look, Layout, Media Elements and Navigation Worksheet to compare and validate the information.
  • 3-2-1 Review Worksheet can be used to evaluate


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