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And the Question Is... Evaluating the Validity of a Survey

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Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patricia Alejandra Lastiri

Patricia Alejandra Lastiri

Villanova d'Asti, Asti


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access

  • Overhead projector and transparencies, LCD projector, or a whiteboard (optional)

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1. Decide whether to use a whiteboard, LCD, or overhead projector for prompts, and prepare the following questions for Session 1:

  • What is the purpose and meaning of a survey?

  • Do you think that surveys are a valid method of gathering information?

  • What kinds of questions are used in surveys?

  • Have you ever participated in a survey?

  • Why do you think it is important to evaluate surveys?
2. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, arrange to use the school's computer lab for Sessions 1 and 2 (and optionally for Session 3).

3. Access and familiarize yourself with Encyclopedia of Educational Technology: Types of Survey Questions, Survey How To, and Indian Women & Gender Roles. Make sure you read the general description of a survey on the Survey How To website. Bookmark the sites on the computers students will be using. Print off the Indian Women & Gender Roles survey and make one copy for every three or four students in your class.

4. Review the Survey Evaluation Form and the explanations of terms. Make one copy of this form for every two students in your class.

5. You might choose to review (and possibly teach) the lessons "Exploring Literacy in Cyberspace" and "Identifying and Understanding the Fallacies Used in Advertising" to prepare for this lesson.

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