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College Writing Information Literacy Toolkit

This Toolkit helps faculty and librarians navigate the College Writing Course relationship.

Lesson Plans

These are sample lesson plans you and your partner may wish to use to plan your visits. Please feel free to adapt to your needs, mix and match, or create new lesson plans and activities. These are not perfect and could definitely use some tweaking. Please share how you adapted these to your own instruction!

Teaching Methods

Pro tip: These worksheets could also be used as formative assessments. Collect them after the class is over to gage student learning, see what you need to follow up on in the next session, or what the faculty member could reiterate for you after the session. 

Pro tip: Adapt these real-life lesson plans to your needs. Reach out to the instructor/librarian to see what worked and what didn't. Most importantly, share your own! Write up how to conduct the lesson and send it to

Library-Related Activities

Pro tip: A librarian doesn't have to be present to talk about information literacy in your classroom. Take a look at some sample activities and adapt these to your everyday classes. 

  1. Source Comparison: Students identify how information is effected by the different formats in which it is presented.
    • Locate various source types about the same topic: a popular magazine article, a scholarly article, a newspaper article, and/or blog post on the same subject. Compare the sources for content, style, bias, audience, etc. 
  2. Source Comparison: Students explore how various scholars or authors discuss the same topic.
    • Select a topic and compare how that topic is treated in two to five different scholarly sources, or two to five different popular sources.
  3. Disciplinary Topic Analysis: Students discuss how a discipline treats a specific topic.
    • Based on the disciplines represented by students' topics, have the students analyze the content, style, and audience of three journals in a given discipline.
  4. Authority Analysis: Students delve into one scholar's work identifying evolution of thought and contribution to the field.
    • Select a scholar/researcher in a field of study and explore that person's career and ideas. Besides locating biographical information, students prepare a bibliography of writings and analyze the reaction of the scholarly community to the researcher's work.
  5. Website Analysis: Students use their existing knowledge to identify criteria in which they judge information credible or not. They apply this knowledge to their own academic work.
    • Evaluate a website based on specific criteria. Work with students to identify evaluative criteria. Then have them evaluate websites based on this criteria. 
  6. Reading a BibliographyStudents use a bibliography to expand on their research processes and find information more efficiently. 
    • Show students how to read a bibliography, and explain why it is useful.
      • Can they decipher a citation?  How do you know if it’s a book or an article?
      • If it is an article, how would you track it down? By pointing out a book, chapter, or article’s bibliography, the instructor models how finding one useful source can lead to others.

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