Student Guides

It is important that we instruct students not only about content, but also about processes for interacting with data and with each other. The following process guides are designed for student use.

1. Brainstorming
Many times we ask students to brainstorm without ever actually instructing them on the best way to do it.
2. Building Consensus
In a world with varied opinions, consensus and compromise is becoming more and more important.
3. Evaluating Web Page Content
Is it the truth because it is on the web? This guide helps students figure out if a web page can be trusted.
4. Using Primary Source Documents
The web has them, but then what? Students learn general rules when evaluating everything from presidential speeches to first hand accounts of the middle passage to newspaper articles.
5. Viewing a Photograph
A picture says a thousand words, but which ones? Tips on what to look for when examining an image.
6. Interview Techniques
Students become the reporter, learn to prepare and conduct an interview.
7. Time Management
Reduce the stress. Efficient time management will help students get their homework in on time.
8. Persuasive Arguments
Convince someone to see things your way! A general guide to set up a persuasive paper or presentation.

Teacher Guides

1. Evaluating Web Page Content
This guide goes into more depth than the student guide. The teacher should review with students the contents.
2. Using Photographs in the Classroom
A few simple activity ideas to incorporate photographs into the curriculum

This page was designed by
Dan McDowell for the Triton and Patterns Projects of San Diego Unified School District. Last updated July 7, 1999.