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Lesson Plan

Wading Through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Reading Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Chart paper

  • Colored markers or highlighters

  • Computers with Internet access

  • LCD projector (optional)

  • Wading Through the Web (PowerPoint presentation)

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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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1. Make one copy for each student of the Wading Through the Web Student Handout, the Internet Citation Organizer, and the Internet Citation Checklist. If desired, make overhead transparencies of these handouts for discussion purposes.

2. Access the Wading Through the Web PowerPoint presentation and make sure that it works properly on your school's computers. In addition, check that the hyperlinks direct students to the proper locations.

3. Access and familiarize yourself with the online Venn Diagram tool if you will be using it (see Session 1, Step 2).

4. Decide how you will display the PowerPoint presentation and Venn Diagram tool. You may choose to use an LCD projector to move through the slides as a class and have students follow along on their own computers. Alternatively, you may feel comfortable allowing students to view the presentation on their own or with a partner.

5. During Session 3 of this lesson, students will be provided with independent research time. If they are currently working on a project, they can use the allotted time to research that project. Otherwise you will need to assign a topic, or allow students to choose their own topics, prior to Session 3.

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