Lesson plan

Lesson 7: Accessing DCPL Resources

teaches Common Core State Standards 1.G.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/1/G/A/1
teaches Common Core State Standards W.5.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/5/8
teaches Common Core State Standards W.5.9 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/5/9
teaches Common Core State Standards W.4.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/4/8
teaches Common Core State Standards W.4.9 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/4/9
teaches Common Core State Standards W.3.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/3/8

Lesson 7: Accessing DCPL Resources

In this lesson, students will learn to navigate the DCPL website in order to access free research databases using their DC Public Library card. Students are introduced to the online library's main page and how to access databases through the Research toolbar. Students learn to use the database filter tool to narrow choices for specific research. Finally, students independently begin research on a specific question, using the filter tool to choose appropriate databases. 

Prepare in Advance:

  • Have your DC Public Library card number ready to access lesson materials throughout the lesson.
  • List of grade-appropriate research questions that align with what you are currently studying in class or the Suggested Research Topics list.
  • Devices for students to use in order to access the DCPL website:  www.dclibrary.org

DC Content Power Standards (3):  

  • 3.DC.4.4 - Explain how Washington, D.C., was selected and named as our capital city.
  • 3.DC.4.5 - Identify and research outstanding statements of moral and civic principles made in Washington, DC, as well as the leaders who delivered them, that contributed to the struggle to extend equal rights to all Americans (e.g., Lincoln and his second inaugural address, Frederick Douglass and his speech against lynching at the Metropolitan AME Church, Martin Luther King Jr. and his speeches at the Lincoln Memorial in 1957 and 1963, and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales at the Poor People’s March).

DC Content Power Standards (4):

  • 4.DC.6.6 - Identify the influence and achievements of significant leaders of the time (e.g., John Marshall, Andrew Jackson, Chief Tecumseh, Chief Logan, Chief John Ross, and Sequoyah).
  • 4.DC.8.2 - Explain how political, religious, and economic ideas and interests brought about the Revolution (e.g., resistance to imperial policy, the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, taxes on tea, and Coercive Acts).

DC Content Power Standards (5):  

  • 5.DC.5.1 - Describe the extension of and controversy about slavery into the territories, including popular sovereignty, the Dred Scott decision, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act.