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Last Updated: April 26, 2024

Build Better Lessons: Best Practices for Incorporating Gale Content Into Your Classroom

Your Gale resources provide you with extensive collections of diverse content including reference articles, videos, news reports, primary sources, and more. In this session we explore best practices in creating activities and lesson plans utilizing your collection. In addition, we review pre-made materials available to you on the Gale Support Site.

Whether you are a seasoned educator or new to using Gale content, this webinar provides you with valuable insights and strategies to build better lessons and create an enriching learning experience for your students.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Hello, everyone. Welcome in today.

We're talking about building better lessons and we're

going to go over some best practices for

getting your gale content into your classroom.

My name is Amber Winters and I am a senior training

consultant here with Gale.

I've got a brief agenda for us today. First

thing I wanna do is just show you some example, activities

that we've created here at Gale just to kind of

get your creative juices flowing a little bit.

So we all kind of understand what

sort of different activities we can actually make using

gale resources. After that,

we'll really start to dive into our best practices.

So we're going to go through

the process that us trainers use

as we're building activities and lesson plans

to share it with everyone. We're going to go through that process.

We'll jump into the resources a little bit

so you can take a look at some of the tools that I'm going

to be talking about.

After that, we'll go over briefly how you can find

our premade materials. So we've got a pretty

extensive collection of activities and lesson

plans already made for you. So I'll point those

out for you.

And then at the very end of the session, I've got

some contact information as well as some wrap

up. So if you need to speak further

with someone at Gale, you'll have that contact

information at the very end of the session.

And I want to remind everyone the Q

and A box is open for you. For any questions

you have, feel free to put them in there.

As we go through the session today, I'll try to

get them answered as I see them, if it gets

a little bit overwhelming, gets a little bit full, then

we will wait until the end of the session to answer questions,

but I should be able to answer them kind of as we move along

today. So

let's go ahead and get started here again. I wanna start

off with some samples. So as we're talking

today, instead of maybe thinking

about using Gale for, you know, reading

activities or strictly for research activities,

some of the other activities you can create with your gale.

Resources include things like scavenger hunts

where you're kind of guiding your

students through research a little bit. You know, you may direct

them to different parts of the resource

or you know, different pieces of content,

maybe an image or something like that.

You can also build things like escape

rooms. These are of course a little more labor

intensive, but our resources

especially Gale In Context, resources really

lend themselves to that kind of,

um, that kind of lesson

layout where students can actively

engage and they have to dig through the resource.

You know, they're not just clicking into an article and reading

it and answering questions, they're,

they're clicking in, they're looking at pictures, they're watching videos,

they're really getting

a lot of information in a really simple

way. In addition to that, it could be something

as easy as a graphic organizer. You know,

if you're, this one's about reading a banned book,

we built this for

when we're instructing banned books.

It could be something as simple as this going

into Gale In Context: Literature and they have this

great bit of information

and they'll be able to go through,

you can also build training cards. These are great

for both secondary level students

and elementary level students. So again,

this is more guided for your students. You're

telling them that they're going to need to kind of

research and look up different

topics. You see this one's about different types of energy.

and they'll fill out the back of these cards with,

you know, overviews of the topic

or if it's about an individual, it will be the biography

of that person

or they can again have very basic,

just like a graphic organizer, just basic

activities that's going to get them exploring.

This one here is for Gale In Context: Elementary.

So if I have any elementary folks on

the line, this is one of the passport

to the world activity.

All it is is they're going to choose one of the different

topics that we've already curated within

Gale In Context: Elementary for them.

And then they just summarize it.

So you can make activities short

and sweet. Maybe something like a bell ringer

or maybe if you want to put something

in your discussion board, if you're using

maybe schoology or canvas, you can integrate

with that and pull in content that way.

The choices are kind of unlimited.

So I just wanted to bring that to your attention before

we really dive in that. While we're talking about

our process here. Our process is used

for more than just your standard research

papers. This is going to be for any type of activity

that you want to include in your, your lesson

into your classroom.

So this is a quick overview of what

our development process is here at Gale. So the first

one seems obvious, but

it's an important one to highlight you want to make sure you

identify your best fit resource. Chances

are a lot of you probably have more than one gale

resource. And you want to make

sure that you're using the correct one for you and for your students

because if you're maybe in one that doesn't exactly

fit your needs, it's going to make your

time and your students time a lot harder

and it's going to take longer and it may not be as effective.

So, that's always our first objective

is to identify the best resource for

you. Once you do identify your resource,

we suggest checking for topic pages, we'll take

a look at those in a bit,

but those are really going to help you organize

your content and find it really easily. It's a nice

place to send your students as well. After

that, you're going to find the content, you're

going to collect support materials that are going to

help your students better understand how to use the

gale resources,

then you'll create your activity once all of that

is kind of situated. And then of course,

at the very end of this process, you're going to engage

your students with your fully

developed activities. So again, these are the steps

that we as trainers here at Gale

like to follow to make sure we're finding the

best content in the most effective

and efficient way.

So let's just walk through each of these. So again,

our first step is going to be identifying our resources

and each of our resources. You'll see. I've pulled forward

here, just a screenshot of some

Gale In Context resources, but each of

our resources bring a unique collection of materials.

Some of them, of course are similar. I'm

sure a lot of you have the core and context resources,

which is Gale In Context: elementary

middle school and high school

and they are cross curricular. So you're going to find

science and social studies content.

but you may also have say

Gale In Context history, which is going

to give a more in depth

look at social studies. So just

consider where you need to be in

your resources, how in depth you

need to go.

And again, this is a great way to save you time.

So before you start building your lessons

and realize that maybe you're not in the correct place,

check first, make sure you have the content

you need and then start building your lessons. So

you don't need to kind of start over and


And when you do start considering your resources, consider

the age groups. So of course

Gale In Context: Elementary and Middle School are going

to be efficient for those students.

But you also want to think about maybe

Gael Literature Resource Center or

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints, which might be at

an even higher level than some of the

other high school aged resources.

So you want to consider that as well, not only the

age but

where are they in their learning

development? Are they ready to jump into

Gale In Context: High School as ninth graders or maybe

should you pull back and have your ninth graders

research through Gale In Context: Middle School

for a bit until they're ready to jump into higher level content.

So don't just think about the age,

also think about just the developmental

level that your students are at.

Also consider the type of content you need.

If you're kind of really focused on pulling

statistics or maybe you're working on debates,

you may want to use Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

which is pro con arguments and that sort

of materials. If you're really

looking for primary sources, we have

a great primary source collection within

our core in context resources, but also

within Gale In Context: U.S. History

or Gale In Context: World History.

So don't just think about the content levels,

also think about the type of content that you're

going to need to pull.

And of course, I can go through all of the gale resource

content today. I wish I could. But

if you're not super familiar with

your collection, you know, if I have some teachers on the line

who are just starting to kind of dig in or if

I, you know, have some media specialist who has been a while

and you're not quite sure

either go within

the resources themselves and look at some of the

topic pages that are listed or

you can go to our support site, which is

and we have resource guide and tip sheets

and training slide decks that can help you out.

So first step,

identify which resource you want to use,

make sure you know the content that's included.

Our second step here is going to be to check

for topic pages within the resources.

So we have topic pages built into

all of the Gale In Context resources.

So the core in context as well

as those subject specific ones like

science, global issues, literature.

And we also have topic pages found within

Gale Literature Resource Center.

And our topic pages are really like a nice

kind of a landing portal page

that are really organized and they're great

for you. If you're trying to pull your own content

that you're going to be sharing with students,

but they are also a great place to start

students off as well. So if your students are going to be

working out on activity, if you can

find a topic page, like I've got one pulled

up here consumer spending and you have

your students start here instead of searching.

It may be a little bit easier for them to find content

because this is, this is nice and curated

for them.

So let's actually dive into a resource.

So you can see how we can find topic

pages and how we can utilize them and how it makes

it a little bit easier to pull content for lessons.

I'm just going to dive in here.

There we go

to Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints just

because I'm a fan of this resource. this

process I'm going to go through works for your other

in context resources as well.

Gale In Context: Elementary looks just a little bit

different because it's, you know,

leveled down for elementary kids, but they

have topic pages as well.

so on the home page here we have all

of our topic pages listed. You'll see, we pull forward

issues of interest kind of towards

the middle of the page.

And then underneath we have our topic pages

listed down here broken into different categories

And I'm not going to go through all the way

today to show you how to kind of narrow down.

But you could click and browse in any of these.

And you can also run a search

at the top here. If I start

running a search here, you'll see. I've got some bolded

search terms listed right here and

these are terms that have topic pages.

Ok. So if I run a search for one of these,

it's going to pull me forward into that curated page

instead of a search results page.

But today I'm actually going to click into

the national debate topic, topic

page. I'm just gonna explore

this topic.

Now again, I love using this as a landing

point either for

myself, if I'm pulling, you know, links

to videos to images to podcasts,

or if I know I'm going to have students

learning about the debate topic and I want

them to dive in,

I can share this with them that way, one

quick way to share a topic page. If you're not pulling

your own content, if you're having your students look for

it is to use get link right here.

So if you want them on this topic page directly,

maybe you don't even want them on the home page. You just

want them landing here,

use Get Link. This gives you a persistent

URL. So it's not gonna break, you can pop

it into your discussion board, you can share

it on a syllabus,

really, wherever you want it to go, they'll be able

to click into this and they'll land right here on this

topic page and then they can begin their learning

a little side note here.

A lot of times when we build our scavenger hunts,

we actually based the entire scavenger

hunt on a topic page. So we land

students on this page and then we

walk them through the different content types.

You'll see as I scroll down here,

it shows me all of the different content types

in this little gray bar and it's got them organized.

So if I'm looking for maybe a statistic,

I can click directly into my infographics.

Same if I'm looking for maybe a news

report or I want to take a look at

a video

academic journals is here as well.

And this is going to change based on whatever

resource you're looking at based on your topic. If

we had primary sources related

to this topic, you'd have a primary source section


Um, if maybe we didn't have any videos

related to this topic, this videos,

entry here would disappear.

So it's really dynamic for your

students. And again, if they're running through

a scavenger hunt or another activity

like that, about one topic,

having them land here and just clicking

through the different content types is

a really beneficial way to have your students

find information they need. You see, they can

scroll down,

they can click into any of these,

let's say news reports here

and you'll see all of the related news

at this point here.

So again, if you yourself

are just directing students to content, you're

not pulling specific entries,

use get link, go ahead and give it to

students. If you're planning on pulling


again, start on your topic page and

then you can go through and just click whatever articles you think

are important, you can get a link to those articles,

you can send them over to your drives.

If you're integrated into yout

LMS, so like schoology or canvas,

you can get them out that way. We won't go fully

into that today, but we do have some support materials

if you're interested in that. That'll give

you the end of the session

either way if you're pulling content or you're having

students pull content, try to find

a topic page before you run the rest of your,

your searching and the rest of your content pulling.

It's a great way to, to get yourself started.

Now, moving on from checking for topic pages,

we're actually going to now find the content.

So, of course, if you're on a topic page, you're going to do

that just by clicking through and finding what you're looking for.

If your topic is maybe a little more precise

and it isn't the most studied, most used


then you might not find a topic page in the

resource. It doesn't mean we don't have content for

it. It just means that we haven't

curated it yet just because it's not as

broadly used in the resource. Of

course, we would love to make topic pages for every

topic we can think of, but

not feasible always. So

when you're, you're pulling content, I

recommend if you're planning on

using a basic search, you want to use the filters

we have available on our search results page,

you're going to most likely find a lot of content

for whatever topics you're looking for.

So using the filters is really going to let

you narrow down to find the exact information

that you need.

If you can, I suggest

using an advanced search that's going

to help you narrow down before you even run your search.

So if you're looking for maybe just primary

sources or just images, you can narrow down to that,

you could even narrow down to,

you know, you're trying to find the letters written

during the civil War, you can even use

an advanced search to filter down all

that way to find content.

If you are planning on using filters,

if you want your students using filters,

we recommend you tell them how to do that before.

But they are really simple to find.

So let's click in and see how we can use. I'm

actually going to use an advanced

search here. We'll click into a different

resource. Click into

Gale In Context: Middle School

So if you clicked in the

Gale In Context: Middle School, you took a look, you couldn't find a topic

page you were looking for, but you still want to pull content

for students. Again, we have basic

search, but you can click into our advanced search here

and really get precise with what you're looking

for. You can choose how you want to search

it defaults to searching by keyword. But

if you want to search by

you know the author name or the publication

name, if you have that, you can search by that

scrolling down here, you can also choose

the different content types. So again, if you're

just looking for primary sources, I

can check primary sources and just pull


If I wanted to know I can run a search, this is

actually a blank search since I don't have

a search term. So it's just going to pull forward

all of my primary sources. That's a nice

way to do that. If you just wanna see everything available

or let's go ahead and type in a term. Let's type economics.

So I'm gonna run a keyword search. I'm not going to narrow

down my content here because I just wanna see everything.

So I'll run my search

now. Scrolling down here. You'll see. I have another

showing results bar

here that looks similar to your topic pages.

It's going to show me all of the different result

types. It pulls forward. So we've

got 21 primary sources here and lots of

magazines, lots of audio files.

Then as I scroll down, you'll see, we actually

have some suggested topics. So economics

is actually a topic page that we have.

So from here, I can click into those if I wanted

to, but let's

just stick here.

We'll click into reference. So I've got

588 reference works related

to economics, which of course your students

will not click all the way through and you shouldn't

have to either.

So to narrow it down, our filters are

listed here on this right hand side.

You'll see I can click and kind of expand

any of these. So if I want to narrow

it down even further, maybe to capitalism

monopolies, I can do that.

I can also narrow down to document type.

So that's getting a little bit more precise

than content types. You'll see if I want a brief

article, I have that.

If I want a book review, a biography,

I could narrow down here,

you'll see, I also have the option for publication

title. So if you are looking for a specific

publication, you can do that here

and you can also click back under advanced

search and go through our publication search.

So if you're kind of coming in from that angle,

you know we have a publication you're interested

in, you can go right in through the publication search

and pull all of the content we have

within that publication.

So a few different ways for you to do that

and as you collect your content. So let's say

this is exactly what you want. This first

article that's about economics. It's a nice

kind of topic overview. You're digging

it, you wanna share it out with your students.

You can do that a few different ways. You

can send this over to your drive your

Google Drive Onedrive or you can email

it to yourself or to others.

You can download it, you'll see it, downloads

as a PDF here, you can print it

out or just like with topic pages where

we had that get link available. You'll

also find that in all of our entries as well.

So you can again copy and paste this, get

link, put it in a discussion board,

put it in an email, put it in a syllabus,

a rubric wherever you want it to go, they'll be

able to click in and now they'll be pulled directly

to this page here

and this also works in reverse. So if

you prompt your students to

find an article of interest or an

image of interest

and you want them to share it with you, they can

do the same thing they can send over to their drives,

they can get a link and post that wherever

they in a discussion board response,

uh they'll be able to do that.

So a few different tools to actually pull content

for your users right here on the documents


Now, I'll pause here for a second. Are there any questions?

I've gone through a couple of steps here without pausing.

So I wanna make sure I hit everything. Are there any questions

from anyone before I kind of move forward?

OK. I don't see any. So we'll go ahead and keep moving

then. So after

you have all of your content, this is another

step that's sometimes easy

to skip over. But I think it's also really vital

if you're planning on having your students use

any of the tools within the gale resources.

And there are a lot of really beneficial tools

two I pointed out here today are highlights and notes

and citations. So if you want your students to kind

of talk to the text or if they're planning

on using a citation, if they're,

you know, building up

whatever they're working on and they need a work cited

page. I suggest

having them use those tools the

best way to make sure they know how to use those is of course

you telling them ahead of time. But

we also have premade tutorials

and tip sheets that will tell them for you.

So if you're planning on having them use

the citation tool,

you can go to our support site which is

pull our citation

tutorial, send that to them before

you, you know, do your activity before you

start your escape room, you know, they're going

to need to use the citation. So before you start

that, send them this tutorial, it's

under two minutes. I think it's actually closer to one,

they'll know how to use those tools.

So make sure you do have your

support materials ready to go for your students.

So they know how to actually use the resource.

And now once all of that is done,

this is when we actually start creating

our activity on our own. So we pull all of

our content first to make sure we have it

and then we build our activity. Again,

we recommend trying to do something engaging.

So as opposed to sticking with the standard,

you know, research papers that are

used most frequently when you're using Gale In Context

resources, try something

else. Build yourself a scavenger hunt or

a graphic organizer

or if you are doing a a DBQ

assignment event, maybe build

out a DBQ lesson plan,

kind of try to step out of the box as much

as you can. So you're really engaging your students

and we have a lot of premade templates ready

to go for you. So if you're not quite sure

what other types of activities you can do,

you can go to our support site. Again, I'm gonna

mention the supports at a few different times here.


you'll be able to click into our different templates you'll

see here, we've got a biography template.

So if you're starting a biography

activity and you want them to learn about


female artists or Native

American authors or someone

specific, they can just complete

this quick activity here

using whatever resource

and they can just submit it to you.

So a nice simple way to find content

and to get them researching without

being kind of in a stuffy research

assignments. Of course, with our resource,

your students are looking for information,


But we can make it a little more entertaining.

We can pull out graphic organizers

and we can walk them through a scavenger hunt to

really engage them and get them to understand

that these resources are not just for

when you have a big project that you need to get done.

Whenever you need information,

you have these resources available and

they can click in at any time.

So now you have your activity all created

and ready to go.

Our last step is going to be engaging your

students. And I first want to mention you

wanna check ahead of time that your students

have access to a device that's going to be

able to connect to these resources

and our resources are mobile responsive.

So if they don't have, you know, desktops or laptops,

if they're using a tablet, that's fine, they

can use their phone, they can use chromebooks. So

just make sure that they have those ready to go before

you start your activity.

I also recommend you teach your

students how to locate and sign in to the resources

before you send them on your way. So if

I have teachers on the line, you're not quite sure

how you authenticate,

reach out to whoever handles your

resources. So if it's a librarian or a media

specialist, someone in your admin team,

make sure you know how to sign in and make sure you

can share that with your students.

And of course, as you engage your students with

one of the last steps, if you did pull any support materials

to teach them how to use tools or maybe

how to just navigate the resource in general

at this point, make sure you share those with

your students. So now you're handing out the activity

or sending it electronically, you know, if

you're not going to use the handouts,

that's completely fine as well, send it over electronically

and you can have your students click directly

into the the resources

and get started that way.

Now, I also want to mention so now

that we've got our own lessons created, if you

need some support with lessons, if you just

don't have the time to build your own, you know, we've

walked through this and you appreciate everything we talked

about. But

uh time is an issue that's

completely fine. Our support site.

Again, we have fully created

activities, lesson plans.

So a fully developed lesson plan, as opposed

to just a handout, you're going to give to students,


video tutorials, all that good stuff on

our support site. So again,

and you'll find all of that material. You see, I've pulled

out just a collection here. We have

a, a question, a week activity within

Gale In Context: Elementary. This is really nice

for over the summer to make sure your

students are still engaged over the summer may

also be helpful for a bell ringer. They

answer one question as they come in the door.

You can take your quick attendance, all that

good stuff, tic tac toe boards,

which are kind of like choice sports where you have your

students in the resource, doing different things,

trading cards against scavenger

hunts. We have prebuilt novel studies here

as well. So if you're in my,

ELA folks, if you're looking for things

like novel studies or other things related

to your curriculum.

Take a look at our support site. You may find

content for you there as well.

No, that's all the information I have for you today. A nice

short and sweet session,

but just kind of to get you started

in your process.

If you have any questions about the session

or if you need me to clarify something we went over,

you can feel free to send me an email.

Uh It's just [email protected]

and I see we have someone with their hand

up. Uh If you don't mind, go ahead

and type your question into the Q and A.

your microphone is disabled.

So we're not going to be able to enable it

in the session today. So go ahead and put

your question in the Q and A and I'll get that answered

for you. Uh If

you want to talk about this further, maybe you wanna talk

more specifically about your account about how

you can get your collection into your learning community.

You can definitely get more specific with your

customer success manager. They'll have access

to your collection. They'll be able to talk

through each resource with you to kind

of see what some different best practices and

some different activity uh activity ideas

would be if you don't know who your customer

success manager is, you can just send an email

to [email protected]

and we'll be able to

forward you to the correct individual

and looks like we have a question here. Do we have any materials

in Spanish or tutorials in Spanish?

We do have student handouts

in Spanish on our support site. We don't have

tutorials in Spanish just yet.

Uh, but we do have uh, student handouts

that are oftentimes helpful that you can hand out

to the teachers, students and parents

that go over your resource

and go over your collection.

And if you're talking about within

the resource Miriam, we do have

some Spanish content in the resources

and we also have a full translate feature

so they can translate

um the articles they're reading as well

as the platform they're on.

So we do have both those options.

So you have access to a customer success

manager again. If you want to talk about

a Gale resource that you maybe don't have access

to, but you want access to, I always like to

mention your sales consultant. If

you don't know who that is, go ahead and go to

you'll enter in your information

and we'll be able to get you to the correct individual

and you can talk about whatever resource you like.

If you have tech questions, you know, I mentioned

integrating with your learning management

a few times today if you're not integrated

and you want to be, you go ahead and reach out to

technical support and they can help you out with that. It's

just [email protected].

I appreciate everyone for being here today.

Hopefully we will see you all in sessions in the

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