(a four module lesson plan)

[Lesson 1]   [Homework 1]    [Lesson 2]   [Homework 2]     [Lesson 3]    [Homework 3]    [Lesson 4 ]     [Homework 4]

[Web Site Evaluation 1 Worksheet]           [Web Site Evaluation 2 Worksheet]

Overall Introduction: Observation, description language, research, critical thinking, and computer skills can be developed at the same time by using this hands-on four/five module approach to discovering the Internet. This is a module I used with 15-16 year old students with 4 years of English as a Foreign Language at the Franco-Brazilian school in São Paulo, Brazil. You can find examples of students' final essay at: http://the_english_dept.tripod.com/descex1.html

Level: Intermediate and above.

Time: 4 to 5 (50/60 minute) classes + 4 pieces of homework.

Skills involved: Observing/ Describing/ Concluding from Data / Evaluating /Giving Opinions/Writing

Technical requirements: students should have access to computers connected to the Internet to do their homework and computer will be needed during the two final classes. An OHP projector would be useful to project the pictures from transparencies.

Technical Knowledge: Students should know the basics of how to type an address (url) on a browser and find a site on the net.

Lesson 1 (50 minutes)


Example of Pictures to project and questions the teacher can ask
(click on thumbnails for the larger version)

What kind of document is this? What is the layout of this picture (What does this picture show, what are the main elements? What are the main colours you notice?)What is the focus of the picture? Where are the Indian and his family standing? Where is the man standing? Where is his son? Where is the woman sitting? Where is the dog? What are they looking at? What can you see in the middle ground/ background? Where is the dam? Where is the river? Where are the eagles flying?

What does this picture show? What are the main colours? Are there any armchairs? Are they in the background or in the foreground? What is the focus of the picture? What can you find above the mantelpiece? Where is the coffee table? Where are the television and the lamp? Where is the book? Where can you find a second painting?


Homework 1: Evaluating a Site


  • Make students observe and take notes.
  • Provide a guided approach to Web site evaluation and verify their net vocabulary.
  • Make them recognize the structure of a site and the validity of the information it contains.
  • Verify students' autonomy and initiative. Find out the kind of equipment they have access to so as to see the difficulties they may encounter.

    Task: The students' task for the following class is to:

  • Access the Web site assigned. (http://the_english_dept.tripod.com/index.html)
  • Review the Web site by completing the Web site evaluation worksheet based on the criteria below
  • Answer the questions given.Note down any problems they may have had when doing their task and think how they can/could have solved them.

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    Web Site Evaluation 1 Worksheet

    1 - The computer I usually use is:
    a) my own
    b) my family's
    c) at school/at the office
    d) my friend's

    2 - What type of connection do you have to the Internet?
    a) Dial-in access: modem speed (circle one of them) :
    2400 ---- 9600 ---- 14.4 ---- 28.8 ---- 3.6 ----56k
    b) Direct connection (circle one of them) :
    56K -------- T1 ---------- T3
    c) Other:_____________

    3 - What Web browser are you using?

    4 - What is the URL of the Web page you are evaluating?

    5 - What is the name of the site?

    6 - Does the page take a long time to load? YES / NO

    7 - What is the name of the page and what is its function?

    8 - What is the layout of the page and what are the main colours?

    9 - Are there any pictures on the page? YES/NO

    10 - Are the pictures on the page helpful - do they relate to the content?YES/NO

    11 - Is each section of the page labeled with a heading? YES / NO

    12- Did the author sign his/her real name? YES / NO

    13 - Did the author give you his/her e-mail address? YES / NO

    14 - Is there a date on the page that tells you when it was last updated?YES / NO

    15 - Can you communicate your ideas/suggestions/comments? YES/NO

    16- Is there navigation bar on the page or a scroll/pull- down menu? YES / NO

    17 - Is there a table (columns of text) on the page? YES / NO
    (you may want to view the source of the page)

    18 - If so, is the table readable with your browser? YES / NO

    19 - Are there any more pages in this site? Which are they?

    20 - If you go to another page on the site, can you get back to the main page? YES / NO

    21 - Note down the different points and be prepared to say what your first impression of the site was and what problems you have encountered.

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    Lesson 2 (50 minutes)


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    Homework 2


    Web Evaluation 2

      1. What's on the page and who put it there? (identify source and author - make a complete sentence)
      2. Does the title of the page tell you what it is about? How? (explain)
      3. Is there a paragraph on the page explaining what it is about? Explain
      4. Is the information on the page useful for you? Why/why not?
      5. If not, what can you do next?
      6. What is the main structure of the site - what are the main pages? How do you know what is a main page and what is a secondary page? (explain)
      7. Would you have gotten more information from an encyclopedia or book? Why?
      8. Is the information on the page current? How do you know?
      9. Is updated information important for you? Why?
      10. Does the page lead you to some other good information (links)? YES / NO
        Which? Why?
      11. Does the author of the page present some information you disagree with? YES/ NO If yes why
      12. Does the author of the page present some information that you think is wrong? YES / NO If yes why
      13. Does some information contradict information you found elsewhere? YES / NO Exemplify if yes
      14. Does the author use some absolute words (like "always" or "never")? YES / NO
      15. Does the author use superlative words (like the "best" or "worst")? YES / NO
      16. Does the author tell you about him/herself? YES / NO What do you get to know?
      17. Do you feel that the author is knowledgeable about the topic? YES / NO How do you know?
      18. Are you positive the information is true? YES / NO
      19. What can you do to prove the information is true?
      20. Choose one of the main pages and describe it as thoroughly as possible. Then analyze it and comment on it based on the checklist you have filled in.

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    Lesson 3 (50 minutes)


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    Lesson 4: (50 minutes)


    Homework 4

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