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INFOhio Blizzard Bags - Grades 9-12: Applying Information

Students follow the six dimensions of inquiry as they read, investigate, and complete the activities. Ohio's learning standards are integrated into the activities.

Applying Information: Activate Learning

Applying Information

  1. Create a graph.
    1. Answer the poll questions below. After submitting your answers, view and record the responses of other users. If you do not have Internet access to the poll, ask 10 students or family members about their primary reason for using social media, their social media platform of choice, and the frequency of use.
    2. Create a bar graph or another kind of chart that demonstrates the results. Consider using Google Sheets or Canva to create your bar graph or chart.
    3. Identify information you found in your research that supports or conflicts with the data you collected. Write a short paragraph using evidence from the sources that explains how your data is similar to or different from the information found in your research.
  2. Create a timeline.
    1. Read "The History of Social Media" and then search for and read the article "Social Media" from World Book Advanced (find it in the Resources box).
    2. Record key information, facts and dates in your notes.
    3. Review your information from your research and write down any key events and dates for social media. 
    4. Create a timeline to trace the growth of social media using World Book Timelines. Make sure to include at least 10 events and to search for pictures or videos to add more to your timeline. 
  3. Create an Analysis Tool.
    1. Read your primary source document again and complete the Primary Source Analysis Tool which can be downloaded below. Create your own Primary Source Analysis table in your notes or print the table and write your responses.

      • Observe: Use this section to record what interesting information you found in the primary source document. 
      • Reflect: Then ask yourself questions such as: Why do you think somebody made this? Who do you think was the intended audience? Why do you think this item is important? Record your ideas about the document in the Reflect section.
      • Question: What more do you wonder about? How does this primary source support your research? Record your thoughts in the Question section.
      • Further Investigation: Use this section to record possible search terms and resources if you need to search for further primary sources for your project.

Applying Information

1. Create an annotated bibliography of articles you found in Locating Information and Evaluating Information.

  • Use the Purdue OWL Annotated Bibliographies guide below.
  • Your teacher will tell you if you should use MLA or APA style. Refer to the Purdue OWL MLA or APA guides below.

2. Create a graph or chart that shows how your peers use social media.

  • Answer the poll questions below. After submitting your answers, view and record the responses of other users. Identify information you found in your research that supports or conflicts with the data you collected.
  • Use the articles you found and evaluated in your research, as well as the data from the poll to create your chart.
  • Make sure to include the necessary chart elements. Use the Purdue OWL MLA or APA guides for tables, charts, and figures below.
  • Consider using Google Sheets or Canva to create your graph or chart.

Social media poll

What grade are you in?
8th: 0 votes (0%)
9th: 5 votes (27.78%)
10th: 3 votes (16.67%)
11th: 4 votes (22.22%)
12th: 6 votes (33.33%)
Total Votes: 18
Which social media platform do you use most?
Facebook: 1 votes (8.33%)
Twitter: 6 votes (50%)
Tumblr: 0 votes (0%)
YouTube: 2 votes (16.67%)
Google+: 0 votes (0%)
Vine: 0 votes (0%)
Instagram: 1 votes (8.33%)
Pinterest: 0 votes (0%)
Other: 2 votes (16.67%)
Total Votes: 12
Which of the following reasons do you use social media most?
Entertainment: 7 votes (58.33%)
Education: 0 votes (0%)
News source: 0 votes (0%)
Communicate with friends: 4 votes (33.33%)
Connect with potential colleges: 0 votes (0%)
Connect with potential employers: 1 votes (8.33%)
Total Votes: 12
How often do you check your social media accounts each day?
20+ times per day: 5 votes (50%)
15-19 times per day: 3 votes (30%)
10-14 times per day: 1 votes (10%)
5-9 times per day: 0 votes (0%)
4 or fewer times per day: 1 votes (10%)
Total Votes: 10
What is your primary method for accessing social media?
Computer at school: 0 votes (0%)
Computer at home: 1 votes (6.25%)
iPad or other tablet: 2 votes (12.5%)
Cell phone: 11 votes (68.75%)
iPod or other non-cellular device: 2 votes (12.5%)
Other: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 16