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Wading Through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies

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

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Reading Association


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Jim German

March 29, 2014

Will adapt this lesson to teaching my 10th graders who need strategies, but most of the info about metasearch engines is nearing ten years old. U.C Berkeley Library has a decent "caveat emptor" at their site:
As with anything, your mileage may vary.


Jan Edwards

February 27, 2013

Thank you for sharing this! Wonderful lesson!


Rikki Ray

November 02, 2012

With the common core standards, I was anxious to explore research with my students. The problem is that I do not feel confident with Internet resources. I found the PowerPoint useful even though many of the search engines were blocked by the school firewall. I will attempt some of the others listed in the comments.



October 19, 2012

Wonderful lesson! It was a big help, thanks for sahring!



October 19, 2012

Wonderful lesson! It was a big help, thanks for sharing!


Jennifer Persson

February 27, 2012

Thanks so much!



September 14, 2011

.... too many firewalls in school


Allyson Morgan

August 13, 2011

How can I download the handouts? I must have missed that link somewhere.


Wes Ford

May 19, 2011

@Abbi Brenoel:

I checked the PowerPoint on the site and it worked just fine for me. If you could provide more info to us about your system, we might be able to solve your issue. My first suggestion is to make sure all of your plug-ins are up to date on your web browser. You can check that on our technical help page:

Let me know if that helps.

Wes Ford
Associate Editor


Abbi Brenoel

May 09, 2011

The PowerPoint presentation will not open. Please fix!


Cheryl Edwards

February 28, 2011

Wonderful lesson! I have used it several times. It, however, does need to be updated by this point as some of the websites have been redone or cancelled by now. FYI - Clusty is now, Kartoo is no longer functioning - although I do show it from the picture posted on Wikipedia to show how different it was from the other search engines. I have not yet found a similar search engine to it though. performs much the same role as did. I have also added a few search engines to let the students see different ways of having their search presented to them. Some I demonstrate are,,,, A little reworking of the powerpoint and handouts should have you good to go.


Lisa Hines

April 20, 2010

I'm looking forward to using this lesson with my students it definitely appears to be well organized. I had difficulty with some of the later links (i.e. is now, "", "" doesn't work, nor does ""), nonetheless I've made some adjustments and am ready to go! Thanks for sharing!!


Elizabeth LaMertha

April 16, 2010

Thank you so much for creating this lesson. My fellow English teacher and I found this amazingly helpful, especially the Powerpoint presentation.


Sharon Love

March 12, 2010

Wonderful lesson, and so helpful. Thank you!


Carla Jones

January 13, 2010

Awesome lesson! Thanks for sharing!



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