This is an activity we introduced at one of our Engaging Our Digital Natives workshops last year. Since then, we’ve been told that many faculty have used this resource with great success.
– Use the slides to discuss how information is delivered in various formats. How do you determine which formats are the most reliable? Which formats are appropriate for academic research? What is the difference between scholarly and academic resources? Which are primary and which are secondary resources?
– If you have room to move around your classroom space, give each student a different format (tweet, library book, article, etc.) and have them work together to determine the sequence in which these different forms of information were created.
– Link to additional discussion questions.
- Primary Sources: The Civil Rights Movement
This activity was developed by Cindy McCullagh and Joan Hopkins in an effort to help students become familiar with how to access primary source materials. Through these primary sources, students will learn about the atmosphere and conditions that prompted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to compose his Letter from A Birmingham Jail .
- Food Justice – Part 1 – Articles & Databases
- Food Justice – Part 2 – Books & eBooks
- Worksheet to accompany Food Justice tutorials
We have used this activity with some of the Freshmen writing classes to introduce students to some advanced research skills such as how to: