Research and Media Literacy Unit Guides

While at school, many students use computers in a lab or library setting, primarily to conduct research. As students browse and search the internet it’s important to help them build their media literacy skills so that they understand how to effectively conduct research, how to give credit to the creators of the information, and how to evaluate the validity of what they find online. EasyTech and Inquiry include curriculum for library media specialists and any educator charged with helping students improve their media literacy.

The chart below lists the EasyTech and Inquiry content that targets research and information fluency standards over three separate age ranges. These are great for designing units that get students working online while allowing educators to evaluate their comprehension. The Lessons provide foundational concepts while the Application Exercises allow students to practice skills such as using search tools, validating information, and creating citations. Finally, the Inquiry Projects give students the chance to apply what they’ve learned in core subject areas and even create their own digital media.

Guide to EasyTech and Inquiry Research and Information Curriculum

2-4LessonHardware Fundamentals: Basic Components15
2-4LessonInternet Usage: Browsing and URLs15
2-4LessonInternet Usage: Safe and Effective Online Searches15
2-4Lesson Internet Usage: Research, Resources, and Ethics15
2-4Application Exercise Share It Through Trading Cards60
2-4Application Exercise My State Research60
2-4Application Exercise Research and Evaluation60
2-4Application Exercise Researching the Sun120
2-4Application ExerciseHome Sweet Home90
2-4Application Exercise Cut It Out! Save the Environment35
2-4Inquiry ProjectBack to Nature135
2-4Inquiry ProjectWrite It Up!135
2-4Inquiry ProjectThe Life and Times180
5-6LessonInternet Usage: Browsing on the Internet15
5-6Lesson Internet Usage: URLs and Websites15
5-6LessonInternet Usage: Web Searches15
5-6LessonInternet Usage: Validity and Sourcing15
5-6LessonOnline Communication: Using Digital Collaboration Tools15
5-6Application Exercise Examining Content90
5-6Application Exercise Searching for Scientists120
5-6Application Exercise Validating Information120
5-6Application Exercise Research Rocks35
5-6Inquiry ProjectEnvironmental Changes180
5-6Inquiry ProjectHard Rock, Soft Rock, Why Rock?180
5-6Inquiry ProjectTech No-Nos225
7-8LessonInternet Usage: Navigating the World Wide Web15
7-8LessonInternet Usage: Effective Search Strategies15
7-8LessonInternet Usage: Being a Global Citizen with Mapping Tools15
7-8Application Exercise History of Western America120
7-8Application Exercise New and Improved35
7-8Application Exercise It's Key35
7-8Application Exercise Becoming and Internet Sleuth: Strategies to Guide Inquiry35
7-8Application Exercise Let's Take a Trip60
7-8Application Exercise Booking Brian's Vacation60
7-8Application Exercise Know and Show35
7-8Application Exercise News to Me!35
7-8Application Exercise What a Cite! APA45
7-8Application Exercise What a Cite! MLA45
7-8Inquiry ProjectHealthy Watersheds, HEalthy Communities180
7-8Inquiry ProjectWriting Paths225
7-8Inquiry ProjectThe Trail of Tears225

Lesson: Interactive, guided practice on key concepts previously introduced in Instruction Modules or classroom instruction. Students receive instant feedback as they progress through each lesson.

Application Exercise: Writing prompts that encourage student reflection and further exploration into study areas. Teachers can assign journals and respond online to student submissions.

ProjectInquiry Project: Interactive, core-area projects that blend rich technology with classroom instruction. Students work collaboratively as they research information, create digital media, and present their learning to peers.