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Using Gale Reference to Analyze Opposing Claims

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 second lesson in a series of two introducing the Gale Reference Library. Students will browse the Opposing Viewpoints in Context on Gale Reference Library. After choosing a debatable topic, students will read the overview to summarize the argument and identify opposing claims. Next, students will choose two resources (one representing each side of the debate) and evaluate the claim and argument for each resource.

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.


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


Web Sites

Background For Teachers:
Students need the critical thinking skill of analyzing and evaluating information found on online databases.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Basic computer skills and the knowledge acquired from the Gale Reference Library Introduction lesson.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to choose a debatable topic. Identify the argument. Identify opposing claims. Analyze the strength of each argument.

Instructional Procedures:
Instructional Sequence:

  1. Librarian gives directions and answers questions.
  2. Students research two opposing viewpoints on a debatable topic.
  3. Students will read, listen, or view the resource and complete the attached handout.
  4. Debrief: Where did you get stuck? Did each side present a viable claim that was supported with evidence? Was there one viewpoint more persuasive than the other? Why?

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

Assessment Plan:
Completed handout and class debrief discussion

Reviewed by Michelle Miles

Michelle Miles
Erin Newsome

Created Date :
Sep 08 2016 12:38 PM