Details about this lesson plan:
- Designed to be roughly ~1.5 hours
- Slideshow with introduction to research, followed by active learning activity
- Intended audience is undergraduate or graduate students, and the general public
- Should be customized to course after meeting with the professor
Proposed Session Schedule:
- Welcome / Opening Activity (Optional) – 15 minutes
- Section 1 of a white board wall: Write a word or words that describe your feelings or what you think about Baltimore.
- Write a word or words you’ve heard someone related to you or a close friend who does not live here has used to describe Baltimore.
- The purpose of this activity is to reveal biases as well as inform students that they are primary sources on Baltimore (where they live).
- Short discussion: You do research already, even if you don’t think you do. Where do you start? What tools do you use? – 5 minutes
- Slides: Introduction to research (see below) – 10 minutes
- Group activity: Teams find primary resources online (see below) – 40 minutes (20 minutes to look at websites, 20 minutes to report back to the class).
- Final thoughts – 15 minutes
Split the class into groups of 2-4, depending on class size. Assign each team an institution. The teams will report back to the entire class at the end of the session.
Cheat Sheet – Baltimore City