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Gale Reference Introduction

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Social & Civic Responsibility

Curriculum Tie:

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 30 minutes.

Group Size:
Large Groups


This is the first lesson in a series of two introducing the Gale Reference Library The library teacher will explain the rationale for using online databases. Students will explore the data base and answer questions on the handout.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Secondary Library Media (6-12)
Strand 5: Standard 1

Engage with information by reading, listening, and viewing sources in a variety of formats.


  • Access to Gale Reference Collection 9-12
  • Computers for each student


Web Sites

Background For Teachers:
Using databases takes steps out of the resource process and saves research time when finding and evaluating sources. Students need to be aware of this! Students also need time to explore and familiarize themselves with databases.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Basic computer skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Understand the purpose of using online databases.

Know how to navigate the Gale Reference Collection 9-12.

Instructional Procedures:
Library teacher explains the rationale for using online databases (Whole Group).

Students explore the Gale Reference Collection 9-12 and complete the handout. Teachers circulate to answer questions (Individual Work).

Debriefing What did you like/dislike? How can this database help you? What was interesting? (Whole Group.)

Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Teacher circulating to identify where and when students are challenged.

Assessment Plan:
Completed handout and class debrief.

Reviewed by Michelle Miles

Michelle Miles
Erin Newsome

Created Date :
Sep 08 2016 11:25 AM

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