Lesson Plan

Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources

Sharpen your students’ reading and research skills in this lesson that guides them in comparing and contrasting information and drawing conclusions. Students will collect information across several resources including Internet sources.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to compare and contrast information across three different resources on a given subject.

Students will consider how to handle conflicting information across resources.

Introduction

(15 minutes)
  • Think of an event that your whole class recently experienced (a field trip, an assembly, a conflict or problem that has since been resolved).
  • Choose three students to participate in a brief experiment. Separate them from the class (i.e. hallway) and tell them to refrain from talking to one another.
  • Tell the class to take out a piece of paper and to try to take notes on the information that each student provides in their report. Have them pay special attention to the facts or observations that are included.They should use bullet points and phrases rather than capturing every word, verbatim.
  • Have the students come into the classroom, one by one, and have each give a brief report on the event.
  • After all three students are done, compare the details and observations of the three accounts: What was included? What was left out? Did one version give a different flavor than another?