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Lesson Plans (31) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (5) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Cell Phones: Immoral, Illegal, or Just Plain Rude?
Description: Cell phones, love them or hate them, most everyone (especially students) think they can't live without one. Lines for usage are blurred for students who have no memory of never having a portable phone to use. This lesson is designed for upper middle and high students to examine ethical, moral and health issues involving cell phone use.


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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: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: "What do we do? Natural Disasters in the United States"
Description: During the course of this lesson, the students will research various forms of natural disasters that occur in the United States and what someone should do in the event of that disaster. The teacher and library media specialist will collaborate during the planning, instruction, and research phases of this lesson. The students will take the information they collected and place it on a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class. This information should include several pictures that will be located on the Internet. The Library Media Specialist will guide the students through the process of obtaining permission for the use of various images.


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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 (4), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Shoals Area Landmarks and Sites of Interest
Description: In this lesson students choose a local landmark or site located in the Shoals area and research that site's contribution to history. Students demonstrate their knowledge of a specific Shoals area landmark or site by creating various presentations showing why these landmarks and sites attract people from all over the world.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Christmas Around The World
Description: This technology-based lesson allows students to use the Internet as a research tool to locate information about different Christmas celebrations around the world. By discovering the way the world celebrates, students have an opportunity to learn about tolerance.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (6 - 8), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Copyright Laws and What They Mean To You - Don't Get Branded With the "P" of Plagiarism!
Description: This lesson teaches an overview of copyright laws and the consequences of plagiarism. Students practice paraphrasing short passages and identifying instances of plagiarism.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How to Cite Online Resources and Complete Bibliographic Citations
Description: After research in the Alabama Virtual Library, students will write a paragraph essay and use an online citation utility to create bibliographic citations for an online encyclopedia, an online magazine, and a print resource. Copying and pasting the URL address, students will use word processing to create a bibliography.


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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: Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: African-American Scientists and Inventors
Description: Besides George Washington Carver, what other African-Americans made contributions to American life? The class will explore the careers of famous and not-so-famous African-American scientists and inventors. Also, they will plan and present a slideshow on five of these individuals and explain why each is significant.


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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or 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 (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Looking at Conestoga Wagons
Description: This lesson combines information literacy and technology skills with subject area skills. It is designed to be a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher and the school librarian. The topic of conestoga wagons is reseached from the perspective of a scientist, mathematician, English teacher, artist, geographer, engineer, or historian.


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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: English Language Arts (6), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: United States Virtual Tour Guide
Description: Groups/pairs of students will create a short digital slide presentation and travel brochure on one of the 50 U.S. states. They will do research in encyclopedias/atlases and on the Internet to include information on geography, official state information (state bird, flower, song, etc.), and a travel destination within that state. Presentations can be combined to create one slideshow covering all 50 states.


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Subject: Information Literacy (K - 12)
Title: Information Location Mini-lesson: Encyclopedia Practice for Grades 3-5
Description: This lesson introduces using the print encyclopedia for grades 3-5. Students are assigned a topic which is selected from their social studies curriculum. Small groups are sent to the reference shelf to select the correct encyclopedia volume. Students then find specific information on the topic and note bibliographic information on a grade-appropriate worksheet.


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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.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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



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Subject: Science
Title: Black Holes     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson introduces students to the science of black holes. Students examine the anatomy of a black hole using diagrams and also explore myths, the history related to the discovery of black holes, and an animated trip to the center of a black hole. Students also read about different types of black holes and view actual Hubble images that support the hypothesis of black holes.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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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



ALEX Podcasts


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History Reference Center Database Research Project: Civil War
Overview:
Using the History Reference Center Database, students will look for Civil War pictures, charts, graphs, or maps to use in a classroom project.


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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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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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Student Research Center: Biography Search
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Using the Student Research Center Database, the student searches for biographical information on a physicist to complete a classroom assignment. The podcast shows how to email an article.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Private Today, Public Tomorrow
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students read a true story about the unintended consequences of sharing a compromising photo, and then they consider how this situation might be different if someone else shared the photo. Next, students brainstorm questions they should ask themselves before posting and tagging photos, videos, or any information about others online, and create a decision tree to guide them through future choices.

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Risky Online Relationships
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. This lesson is designed to help students understand why the term “online predator” is misleading and how to identify more realistic forms of inappropriate contact. Students then discuss a story about a teen’s risky online relationship and draw conclusions about how to stay safe online.

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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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Safe Online Talk (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
In this Common Sense Media lesson, students first watch a short video in which teens share their rules of the road for connecting with others online. Through a guided class discussion, students then learn strategies for recognizing and responding to risky online interaction. Finally, students work in groups to rate the riskiness of several online scenarios using the provided "Internet Traffic Light Student Handout."

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Trillion Dollar Footprint (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they show a provided video clip and guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students learn that they have a digital footprint, which can be searched, shared, and seen by a large, invisible audience. Discussion questions and activities lead students to recognize that people’s online information can be helpful or harmful to their reputation and image. Students also consider their own digital footprints and what they want those footprints to be like in the future.

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Talking Safely Online (3-5)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions related to safe online behaviors. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast online-only friends and face-to-face pals, analyze why private information should not be given to anyone online without the permission of a trusted adult, and debate how to respond if an online-only friend asks them personal questions.

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Rights, Remixes, and Respect
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students review their knowledge of copyright and fair use and then examine a case study involving the appropriation of music by a popular band. Students form groups in which they role-play different stakeholders in the music industry and then debate the ethical and legal issues involved in using other people’s creative work in practices such as remixes and sampling.

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Going Places Safely on the Computer (K-2)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. By taking a virtual field trip, students experience the power of the Internet to take them to places they might not be able to visit in person. They learn that they should follow safety rules when they travel online, just as when traveling in the real world. *Downloading worksheets or materials requires creating a free account with Common Sense Media.

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Rework, Reuse, Remix (6-8)
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This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions related to fair use of creative content. This lesson will help students identify the key points required for a creative work to fall under fair use, judge whether or not the two case studies can be called fair use, and understand the value of fair use by reworking and remixing copyrighted material in a collage or video. *Downloading worksheets or materials requires creating a free account with Common Sense Media.

Assessments


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Am I a Plagiarist?
http://www.plagtrack...
Students can use Plagtracker to check their paper for plagiarism for free before turning the paper in for grading. It is a tool for self assessment.

Informational Materials


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Creative Commmons Search
http://search.creati...
Find content that you can share, use, and remix. "Our mission: Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation." "If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."

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EasyBib: Free Bibliography and Citation Generator
http://easybib.com/...
The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!

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Do you know your news? CNN Student News
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Students view school-appropriate news clips. They respond through writing, discussion, or projects.

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EasyBib: Free Bibliography and Citation Generator
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The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!

Teacher Tools


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Creative Commmons Search
http://search.creati...
Find content that you can share, use, and remix. "Our mission: Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation." "If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."

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EasyBib: Free Bibliography and Citation Generator
http://easybib.com/...
The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!

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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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