Reading a Webpage


Tip: Reading a Webpage

How do I do it?
Create a chart of a webpage with common elements such as a header, web address, search box, main content, links, social plugins, images, ads, and a footer.  Label each with a star and the title.  Review the elements with students, and if available, have them identify these with a pointer on an LCD projected image of a a few kid-friendly homepages with topics familiar to language learners.  Next, create 3 types of post-it notes “important” (green); “may be important” (yellow); and “not important” (red).  Give students a purpose for reading the webpage, for example, you are going to write a report about how to train dogs.  Next, ask a volunteer to place the appropriate post-it on the web page element.  For example, the advertisement should be labelled “not important” to read because this information will not be relevant to a general report about dogs.  

Variations & Extensions
Print out 15 different home pages and have students work in pairs (pair lower proficiency students with bilingual students, if possible) to label the major elements of the pages.  Ask them to highlight the parts that are important to read and x out the parts that are not.

Common Core ELA Reading Standard 7
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

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Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
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