Authentic Activities

Use real-world resources in an activity such as authentic resources, experiences, and sharing. The Internet provides acccess to a wide range of primary resources such as letters, diaries, journals, logs, data, documents, speeches, and videos. Students can also collect authentic information through collecting oral histories, conducting polls and surveys, and keeping journals. Authentic sharing is a wonderful way to help students find an audience for their work.

Authentic Resources

Activity 1: Read the Guide to Using Primary Resources to learn more about integrating authentic resources into your curriculum. Remember, you can always find good resources in the news at CNN, USA Today, or other resources at Teacher Tap: News Resources. Explore authentic information resources on the Internet. Create a simple activity that would incorporate one resource into a classroom activity.

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Authentic Experiences

Activity 2: Brainstorm ways to collect information such as surveys, oral histories, and journal writing. Design an activity that would make use of local natural or historical resources.

Activity 3: Explore the use of "real-world" slogans and logos in a series of gaming activities. What does authentic mean? Would you consider these games "authentic" or not? Why?

Authentic Sharing

Activity 4: Think of ways to link your activities to the world outside the classroom. Use real-world resources, materials, and experiences. Explore student web projects that others have developed and shared.

Consider creating or joining a virtual field trip:

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Created by
Annette Lamb, 1/00. Updated 01/02.