Rachael Haverstick, Louise Leach
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Middle School
  • Career Education and Work
  • Career Readiness
  • Career and College Readiness
  • Library and Information Studies
  • MSDE Library
  • Research
  • msde-library
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    Education Standards

    Reliable Online Resources

    Reliable Online Resources


    Middle and High School educators across Lebanon County, Pennsylvania developed lesson plans to integrate the Pennsylvania Career Education and Work Standards with the content they teach. This work was made possible through a partnership between the South Central PA Workforce Investment Board (SCPa Works) and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) and was funded by a Teacher in the Workplace Grant Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. This lesson plan was developed by one of the talented educators who participated in this project during the 2019-2020 school year.

    Title of Lesson: Reliable Online Sources

    Course Name: Library / Research

    Grade Level: 6th Grade

    Author’s Name: Louise Leach

    Author’s School District: Palmyra Area School District


    PA Academic Standards for English Language Arts

    CC.1.4: Writing:

    Students write for different purposes and audiences. Students write clear and focused text to convey a well-defined perspective and appropriate content.

    CC.1.4.6.W - Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source.

    PA Academic Standards for Career Education and Work

    13.3: Career Retention and Advancement

    13.3.8.A. - Determine attitudes and work habits that support career retention and advancement

    13.3.8.B -  Analyze the role of each participant’s contribution in a team setting

    13.3.8.C - Explain and demonstrate conflict resolution skills:

    • Constructive criticism
    • Group dynamics
    • Managing/leadership
    • Mediation
    • Negotiation
    • Problem solving

    13.8.3.E - Identify and apply time management strategies as they relate to both personal and work situations.

    Learning Objectives
    • Students will be able to identify reliable online sources.
    • Students will create a Google Slides Presentation about the online sources they evaluated.
    • Students will create a Flipgrid explaining their understanding of reliable online sources.
    • Students will understand the importance of each individual’s contributions and role in team settings.
    Conceptual Background
    Another teacher teaching this lesson would need to know characteristics of reliable online sources. Characteristics to look for to determine the reliability of online sources:
    • Is there an author or publisher?
    • Is the website current?
    • Is the information in-depth?
    • Is the information accurate?
    • Is the information bias? (Does the author use opinion words, such as, always, never, least, greatest, best, or worst?)
    Instructional Procedure
    PacingInstructional Procedure
    5 minsBrainstorm what students already know about the reliability of online sources. Create a Popplet ( and ask the following question - What do I already know about reliable online sources? Record student responses on Popplet.
    5 minsWatch the BrainPOP video on Online Sources(You need to have a BrainPOP account to view the video.)
    25 minsDivide students into groups and assign the following roles:FacilitatorRecorderReporterTime KeeperGive each group an index card with one reliable online source and one unreliable online source to evaluate. Web addresses for online sources should be written on index cards. Sample web addresses for online sources can include:Reliable online online sources:http://allaboutexplorers.comwww.dhmo.org together in their groups, students should evaluate the two online sources - one reliable and one unreliable. Using inquiry, students need to determine which online source is reliable and which online source is unreliable.
    20 minsStudent groups will create a Google Slides presentation showcasing the two online sources they evaluated and explaining which online source is reliable and which online source is unreliable. Presentations will be shared with the teacher when finished.
    5 minsStudents will create a Flipgrid video that is no longer than one minute explaining what they have learned about reliable online sources.
    5 minsRevisit the class-created Popplet from the beginning of class. Make any necessary changes to the Popplet now that students have evaluated online sources.
    Formative Assessment
    PoppletReliable Vs. Unreliable Online Sources ChecklistFlipgrid Video
    Materials Needed
    PoppletBrainPop Video - Online SourcesReliable Vs. Unreliable Online Sources Checklist