UC 1000 Fall 2017: Course Guide - Lesson Plan for UC 1000

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Lesson Plan for UC 1000 Library Week

Library Week Lesson Plan: UC 1000 (Fall 2017)

1. Student Leader talks for two minutes on “Why the library has been important to me,” (Ex: I use the study rooms; A librarian helped me with my project; Once I found my place in the stacks, I saw many useful books all there together) and introduces today’s procedures and objectives. This sets the stage for why we are doing this.

2. In class, watch the short videos about Articles Plus and the CRAP Test (about 5 minutes). Links are also on the course guide.

3. Divide class into groups of 3-4 students with similar subject interests. Explain the lesson plan. Use the CRAP Test (handout, p. 3) to review what makes a good resource. Show and explain worksheet for Articles Plus (handout, pp. 1-2). Take procedural questions.

4. Using laptops/tablets/smart phones/classroom computers, each group: 

A. First looks in Google for resources about their interest. Find 3 good sources and open them in separate windows or tabs.  

B. Secondly looks in Articles Plus for resources about the same interest. Find 3 good sources and open them in separate windows or tabs. Use worksheet, p. 1.

C. Uses the CRAP test to decide which resource among these 6 possibilities is the best one to use and cite for the project for this class. Use CRAP Test.

D. Prepares to present this one source to the rest of the class. The presentation must be 2 minutes or less (and we’re timing you). The presentation describes why this is a good resource, NOT what is in the resource.

5. Each group gives their presentation

6. Discussion: Which resource is the best? Vote on the best one, and award prizes. Discussion questions:

  • Who is this guy/this organization/this publication? Define “expert.”
  • This web page is a .com/.org/.gov. What does that tell you?
  • Why do you trust the NYT/WSJ/Cosmo/JAMA?
  • What is the political bias of this author/page/journal/website?
  • What are you going to use this information for, and why does it matter?
  • What process was used to create this information? To get it to “print”? Why do we care?

7. Take a minute to go to the Course Guide. Show students how to contact the library for help and how to contact the Subject Librarians if they need specialized help. 

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