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Lesson Plans (30) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (10) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (3) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
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demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (5 - 6)
Title: River's Path
Description: What determines the path of a river? Rivers follow the path of least resistance changing the landscape by carrying sediment and debris along the way.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Biographical Poetry
Description: Students will work with a partner to write an original poem using information learned about a person involved in the American Revolution. The students will then share the poems by creating a multimedia slide show.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Comparing Classification Systems
Description: In this lesson, students will be introduced to the Library of Congress Classification System. They will then compare this system to the Dewey Decimal System.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Library of Congress Classification System
Description: In this lesson students will be introduced to the Library of Congress Classification System. They will compare and contrast it to the Dewey Decimal System. Students will determine where information on different topics would be located using each system.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Comparing Dewey and the Library of Congress: In What "Class" Are Your "Classes"?
Description: High school students will learn the distinction between the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) and the Library of Congress Classification (LCC). After a PowerPoint presentation of the LCC, the students will compare and contrast the two systems and assign call numbers to various subjects, including their class schedule and a group of books.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 11), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Locating With The LCC
Description: The parts of the LCC call numbers are taught in this lesson using colored index cards to represent the four parts. Students will be able to recognize what each part of the call number stands for.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Mathematics (7 - 12)
Title: Show Me The Money - Saving and Investing
Description: Students will learn how to analyze several savings products from various financial institutions. They will also demonstrate the ability to discuss the role of saving and investment products. This a Commerce and Information Technology lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (4)
Title: Alabama's Five Capitals and First Governors
Description: Students will research the five sites of Alabama's capital and the first governors of the state. They will create a presentation including the physical location of each site and the political and geographic reasons the site was chosen and abandoned, if applicable. The presentation will also include information about the (or a) governor that served while the capital was at the specific location they are researching.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: The Laws, They Are A-Changin'
Description: This unit will cover the key people, places, and events of the Civil Rights Movement. The students will create a Powerpoint presentation, a brochure, and a website so that they can use and extend their technology skills. They will also use and extend their research skills in this process.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (10), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Louisiana Purchase: An Offer We Couldn't Refuse
Description: This lesson explores the circumstances surrounding the United States' acquisition of the Louisiana Territory. To research these topics students will integrate a variety of print and technology resources. Students will apply the results of the research to produce a multimedia presentation supplemented by a brochure created through the application of desktop publishing software.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Mathematics (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Propaganda & Persuasive Techniques: Do You Buy It?
Description: During this lesson, students have the opportunity to learn about basic persuasive techniques employed in advertising. They will collect and analyze data about advertising in general. They will share examples of persuasive techniques used in advertising. Then, they have the opportunity to create their own "products" and use one persuasive technique in original "commercials." Students perform their commercials in a live teleconference, while audience members try to guess which persuasive technique is used.


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Subject: English Language Arts (9), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Get to Know Your Library Media Center
Description: This lesson will provide students with an orientation to the Library Media Center and the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The students will access the Alabama Virtual Library and will participate in a library scavenger hunt as a basic introduction to the library services.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Whose Voice Guides Your Choice?
Description: In this one-two week unit, students explore the role media has in influencing public opinion. Students analyze advertising in print, video, and online formats. An optional visit to the Museum of Television and Radio via distance learning videoconferencing helps students examine the extent to which they are influenced by propaganda.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Website Evaluation
Description: Utilizing a graphic organizer, students work individually and in groups to rank websites according to specific criteria.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Animals: Unique Creatures With Great Features
Description: During this unit of study, students will become knowledgeable of animals' characteristics, basic needs and habitats. The purpose of this unit is to educate students through investigation and research about various animals and the characteristics which link them to specific animal groups. Students will present information through models, oral reports and presentations.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Fishing for Facts!
Description: This lesson will involve a visit to the Library Media Center to research different sea creatures. Using an encyclopedia, students will find two facts about their sea creature. Using the Internet, students will work in small groups to find a picture of their sea creature. All work will be combined into a sea creature booklet.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Researching with the Alabama Virtual Library
Description: After an introduction to the Alabama Virtual Library, students use the available resources to research and present information about a United States president.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Newspapers: Facts and Opinions
Description: In order to sharpen a student's understanding of the differences between facts and opinions, this lesson incorporates both the close reading of a newspaper and the writing of a factual article and a letter to the editor.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Mathematics (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Dream Vacation
Description: This unit teaches students to plan a trip with an itinerary, remain within a budget, and work cooperatively. It is a technology-based project that combines a study of mathematics, economics, geography, and social studies.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Creature Comforts
Description: What do living things need to survive? In this unit, students explore different habitats and the adaptations made by living things to survive. Students will create a website matching an animal’s adaptations to its environment. Then, they will contribute a slide to a multimedia presentation of imaginary creatures and their adaptations to a habitat.


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Subject: English Language Arts (10 - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Preparing to Write the Research Paper: An Information Location Mini-lesson
Description: This lesson introduces students to research materials in the library and electronic materials available through the Alabama Virtual Library(AVL). The instruction emphasizes "how-to-use" multi-volume encyclopedias, multi-volume reference sets, books, and various electronic databases. Instruction includes where to locate bibliographic information within these various materials for a research paper and how to cite bibliographic information.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Technology and You
Description: In this lesson students will use the Internet to find examples of how technology has impacted human lives. They will then determine of what value these are to their own lives.


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Subject: English Language Arts (12), or Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Your English Mentor: How to Write a Career Research Paper
Description: This structural design will guide students in writing a career research paper from start to finish. They will gather information; cite sources MLA style; develop a thesis statement, outline, and paragraphs; and create a research paper with references.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: From Here to Narnia
Description: This lesson will provide eighth grade Language Arts students with an inquiry-based research project based on C. S. Lewis' classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The student will determine the author's purpose in writing this story. This will be accomplished by researching material using the Alabama Virtual Library and Gale Resources.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Censorship in the Classroom: Understanding Controversial Issues     
Description: Students examine propaganda and media bias, research a variety of banned and challenged books, choose a side of the censorship issue, and support their position through an advertising campaign.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts - Reading - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Points of View in the News     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, helps students sort through the myriad points of view offered on the Internet and evaluate the sources and purposes of news articles and Web sites. Students read articles from National Geographic News and answer questions describing each article's source, purpose, and viewpoint. Students then research the topics presented in an article of their choice and evaluate the resources they find. They conclude by creating checklists they can use in the future to evaluate articles, Web sites, and other information.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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The Big6 - Skill 6 Evaluation
Overview:
The Big6 is a process model to help people solve their information problems. Developed by information literacy educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is a way to teach information and technology skills, or research skills, to our students. In this video you are introduced to the Big6 skills by viewing an analogy between baking and doing research. In this video you are introduced to Skill 6 - Evaluation or "How will we know if we did well?"


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The Big6 - Skill 4 Use of Information
Overview:
The Big6 is a process model to help people solve their information problems. Developed by information literacy educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is a way to teach information and technology skills, or research skills, to our students. In this video you are introduced to the Big6 skills by viewing an analogy between baking and doing research. In this video you are introduced to Skill 4 - Use of Information or "What information can we use?"


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The Big6 - Skill 3 Location and Access
Overview:
The Big6 is a process model to help people solve their information problems. Developed by information literacy educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is a way to teach information and technology skills, or research skills, to our students. In this video you are introduced to the Big6 skills by viewing an analogy between baking and doing research. In this video you are introduced to Skill 3 - Location and Access or "How can we find what we need?"


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Ethnic NewsWatch Introduction
Overview:
This podcast introduces the Ethnic NewsWatch database from the Alabama Virtual Library.


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Student Research Center Intro
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This podcast introduces the uses of the Student Research Center.  Access to this database is provided by the Alabma Virtual Library.


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Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database Part 2
Overview:
The podcast is designed to provide instruction on utilizing the Student Research Center Database. Viewers will learn how to filter search results and save viewed articles into a folder. This podcast should be viewed after watching Part 1 Navigating the Alabama Research Center Student Research Center Database.


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Finding Relevant Articles in the History Reference Center
Overview:
In the History Reference Center, search tools in the left side bar allow the user to refine the search by date, subject, and publication type. This brief video tutorial demonstrates how to use this helpful tool.


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Navigating the Alabama Virtual Library Student Research Center Database
Overview:
This podcast is designed to help famaliarize users with the Student Research Center Database. This podcast mainly focuses on perfoming a basic search and editing user preferences.


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Intro to SIRS Discoverer
Overview:
This podcast provides a brief introduction to SIRS Discover database from the Alabama Virtual Library.


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Image Search - Kids InfoBits
Overview:
Students love to search for images on the Internet.  But how do students conduct safe searches for student projects?  By using Kids InfoBits, that's how!  This short video tutorial on Kids InfoBits shows students how to search for relevant and safe images.  


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Evaluating Online Information
http://www.uen.org/L...
A website evaluation PowerPoint and form to help your students assess the value of an online resource.

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Copyright - What do you know?
http://www.uen.org/L...
A chart, a quiz, and a lesson designed to teach students about copyright and fair use policies.

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Do you have a book? I don't know, Dewey?
http://www.learnnc.o...
Activities and assessments designed to teach students about the Dewey Decimal System.

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Common Sense Media: Identifying High-Quality Sites (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
In this Common Sense Media lesson, students discuss how print materials (books and newspaper or magazine articles) are published. Then they compare and contrast this process with publishing on the Internet, learning that there are no built-in checks for accuracy or quality on the Internet. Therefore, they must use their own criteria to judge the trustworthiness and usefulness of websites. After this lesson, students will be able to understand how the ease of publishing on the Internet might affect how much they can trust the content of some sites, learn criteria that will help them evaluate websites, and apply the criteria to a site to determine how trustworthy and useful it is.

Informational Materials


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Choosing a Vocational School
http://www.consumer....
This resource developed by the Federal Trade Commission offers advice for selecting a reputable vocational school for learning a trade or skilled vocation.

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Admission 101: What You Need to Know
http://www.nacacnet....
This website details helpful hints for using technology as an investigative tool in college searches.

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Campus Visit Checklist
http://www.nacacnet....
Not everything you need to know about a college or university campus is included on the PR tour. This checklist provides a list of formal and informal activities that students' may use to gain a realistic view of the campus culture.

Learning Activities


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College Comparison Worksheet
http://www.nacacnet....
This graphic organizer will help students to directly compare qualities and characteristics of three colleges and universities, thus enabling them to distinguish important similarities and differences.

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Do you know your news? CNN Student News
http://www.cnn.com/s...
Students view school-appropriate news clips. They respond through writing, discussion, or projects.

Teacher Tools


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Duck Duck Go
https://duckduckgo.c...
DuckDuckGo is a kid friendly search engine. Simple and easy to use for younger students. *Search anonymously (truly anonymous search) utilizing multiple search engines simultaneously (not just one) to see a more authentic representation of search results from across the internet.

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