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Direct Instruction: Keyword Search


Teaching students how to create and use strong keywords for Internet searching is critical for helping them know how to find accurate, relevant information. Developing strong keywords requires using Background Knowledge to define a question or topic then to identify important, specific words related to the question or topic. As they search, students must also brainstorm synonyms to narrow and revise their keywords until an answer or goal has been reached.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch as students play Taboo to practice choosing keywords. The teacher identifies the strategies of finding synonyms and giving precise descriptions, has students practice the strategies then guides student reflection on the strategies.

  • Teachers can have students use graphic organizers or play word games, like Taboo, to practice describing key aspects of an object and brainstorming synonyms to build their Vocabulary. Further lessons may include advanced strategies, like using "and," "or," and "not," to combine keywords to further narrow searches.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Products can build in synonym providers and sample keyword lists for commonly searched topics to support students as they develop their keyword search skills.
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