Lesson Plan

Finding and Authenticating Online Information on Global Development Issues - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 7 to 12

Author: This unit was created for MediaSmarts by Media Educator, Maureen Baron.


In this two-day unit, students learn strategies for using the Internet effectively to research global development issues. Students discover how to determine the truth and accuracy of online information and learn effective ways to obtain balanced sources of information. Students learn to ask, and search for answers to, the questions: Who is presenting this information and why?

This lesson is part of the Beyond Media Messages: Media Portrayal of Global Development lesson series.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • find various sources of online information and determine which is most appropriate for use for a variety of purposes
  • apply different search skills to researching a global development topic
  • evaluate online information on a global development topic
  • find multiple sources of information on a global development topic and determine which is most appropriate for a variety of purposes

Home and School Connection

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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