Lesson 3: Learning to Read
on the Web
Grade Levels: 6-12 | Subject: Research Skills, Technology
Students learn skills to read effectively on the Web. They learn how to
skim and scan Web pages to locate specific information.
• understand how reading information on the Web is different from
reading information in a book.
• understand how to use a browser's navigation tools and a website's
• understand the importance of skimming and scanning on the Web.
• apply what they have learned to find and read information on the
Using the online lesson, students learn how to skim and scan
Web pages. The activity sheet provides guided practice for reading strategies
to use when looking for information on the Web.
Use this rubric to assess students' ability to read Web pages
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4 – Exemplary Understanding
• understands the basic navigation tools of a browser.
• understands the basic features of a website.
• understands and applies strategies of skimming and scanning.
3 – Competent Understanding
• understands most of the basic navigation tools of a browser.
• understands most of the basic features of a website.
• adequately understands and applies strategies of skimming and scanning.
2 – Developing Understanding
• understands some of the basic navigation tools of a browser.
• understands some of the basic features of a website.
• understands and applies strategies of skimming and scanning with
1 – Emerging Understanding
• has difficulty understanding the basic navigation tools of a browser.
• has difficulty understanding the basic features of a website.
• cannot understand or apply strategies of skimming and scanning.
bookmarks/favorites features that allow marking and saving
visited Web pages
frames these break up a Web page into different areas; usually
one of the frames will have a menu bar that stays on the screen while
navigating from page to page through a site
headers, footers, and sidebars found at the top, bottom, or
along the sides of a page; often these features contain menu items,
useful links, and important information about the site
histories lists that that keep track of the pages visited
hyperlink (or link) a connector to a
different resource; usually appears on the screen as colored and/or
menu bars a collection of buttons that take you to other pages
in a Web site
scroll bar a horizontal and/or vertical bar that
contains a box that looks like an elevator in a shaft; clicking on and
dragging the bar will scroll the screen in the corresponding direction
scanning looking for key words and phrases that give specific
skimming glancing quickly over a text to get a general idea
of the topic
website a location on the World Wide Web, usually
containing multiple Web pages
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