Understanding the Basics of Web Sites

This Understanding the Basics of Web Sites handout & reference also includes:

The teenagers in your class have probably never known a world without the Internet. Show them how to navigate websites effectively with a lesson about the basics of web navigation and design. After viewing an example and answering questions about what they see, learners work with a partner to peruse a selected website and track their path through the site.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson in a language arts class or social studies class to introduce a research project, or to begin evaluating the credibility of sources
  • Create a game in which learners match domain suffixes to what they represent
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider providing a list of approved websites to limit inappropriate selections
  • The example is small; display it onto a larger board to work together as a class and to optimize visibility
  • Part of a 19-lesson unit on media literacy
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • A good introduction for learners who have the knowledge but not the specific skills
  • Provides a helpful reference sheet
Cons
  • None
Common Core