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Lesson Swap 2017

The Rhode Island Library Association’s Information Literacy Action Round Table hosted a lesson swap on Wednesday, March 1 at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. The lesson swap featured the following lessons:

Lisa Richter
Research and Instruction Librarian
Bristol Community College

This lesson introduces first year students taking an introductory level psychology course how to analyze an experimental study. The lesson begins with a demonstration, highlighting critical components of an experiment, as reported in a scholarly article. Students are then divided into pairs, and each given a handout to help them navigate a second experimental study independently and in discussion with their partners.The last 10 minutes of the session is reserved for reporting their findings and reflecting on the value of the lesson.

Rosanne Trissler
Head Librarian
La Salle Academy

I will share a lesson developed for our freshmen Digital Literacy class that raises students' awareness about the extent to which they have already established a digital footprint on the WWW, and the ease others have in accessing that information. The lesson also reviews ways in which teens can aim to control and/or "clean up" what already exists about them online. The information & resources posted on the "Digital Footprint" tab on La Salle Academy's LibGuide will be demoed/shared during the session.

Kelly Metzger
Library Media Specialist
Kickemuit Middle School

Students engage in a gallery walk and analysis of a variety of news articles on the same topic. Articles are drawn from across the political spectrum. Using a graphic organizer to guide their discussion and analysis, students will rotate through the articles, recording their observations. After participating in a discussion about their observations, students will answer the essential question: How do you know what information to believe?

Some options for facilitating discussion:

  • Think-Pair-Share: Students share first with a partner, and then the pair reports out to the entire class about some or all of their observations.
  • Socratic Seminar: Inner circle engages in discussion about one or two particular pieces while outer circle watches. Then they can switch, adding to first discussion or choosing a new article.
  • Give One-Get One: Using a different graphic organizer, students find classmates who read different articles they did not, and provide information for classmates on the ones they did. This enables all students to get a basic understanding of all the articles before delving into a whole class discussion.

Possible variations for gallery walk:

  • Same topic covered by different types of media outlets (local, national, international, radio, television, etc.)
  • Same topic, include fake or clickbait
  • Images of social media news feeds
  • Same topic using videos, some professional, some raw