Consider our own and our students’ research practices and
discuss those practices with peers
Refine students’ information literacy skills in regards to
searching for and evaluating sources
Examine a few strategies for synthesizing information across
Become familiar with writing strategies related to arguments
Explore new tools to support student collaboration and
Finding and Evaluating Information Sources for Students
Making Sense out of Multiple Texts
Writing Arguments and Claims
Using Technology to Support Writing and Collaboration
Warm-Up: What does “research”
look like in our classrooms?
Complete the survey questions in front of you. (You’re the
only one who will see your answers.)
MA ELA Anchor Standard for
W.8 Gather relevant information from
multiple print and digital sources,
assess the credibility and
accuracy of each source, and
integrate the information while
Finding and Evaluating
Information Sources for Students
Jennifer Hanson, Primary Source
Make a list of all of the details (evidence) you see. You do not yet need to know where the evidence
leads…just that it is there. Do not jump to inferences.
What can you assert/claim based on one or both of
these images? (Fill in one claim for each row.)
What is your reasoning to support the claim?
Why might it be beneficial to start with a visual source?
Why did we work from evidence to claims to reasoning?
(instead of claims, reasoning, evidence)
Using Supporting Texts;
matching evidence with claims
Matching Evidence to Claims
Select quotes from the children stories and photographs to
support or disconfirm one of the claims.
Write each quote on a separate post-it and place it on the
cart paper with the claim.
What did this activity force you to think about?
What would you do as the next step?
Adding different text genres:
Personal testimony and photographs
the Fire: Teen Experiences in War
in War Zones: 14 Photos of Innocents