Lesson Plan: Computer Applications

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2000

Objectives: The students will

I. define terms related to the World Wide Web and Netscape.

II. identify the key components of the Netscape browser.

III. evaluate web sites after determining which characteristics make up a well-designed website.
Warm Up Activity (Anticipatory Set): Vocabulary Terms (Chapter 3)

A) Have the students take out their completed definitions for the Chapter 3 reading entitled "Using the WWW."

B) Display the following warm-up and have the students complete the questions in writing:


1) The set of commands that make up a web page.

2) A "text alternative" that appears when you mouse-over a graphic.

3) The set of rules that the browser uses to communicate with the server.

4) These commands are used to move text or images from browser to editor.

5) Symbol for a list of URLs the user has recorded in the browser for later reference.

A.  The bookmark icon

B.  "pop-up"

C. HTML code


  • Control-X
  • Control-C
  • Control-V

E. Page Source

F. The Go Menu

G. History

H. home button

I. Reload or "refresh"

J. Hypertext transfer protocol

6) This command  opens another window revealing the HTML code that makes up the web page.

7) It brings up a history of the sites that have been visited from the time the browser window was opened.

8) This button brings up a window that opens displaying the addresses and titles of pages that have been accessed on that day and for the past few weeks.

9) It brings the user to the web page that has been set as the browser's starting point

10) This button tells the browser to contact the web server again so that the contents of the page is "refreshed."

Main Activity (Instructional Input): Reviewing a Web Site

A) Have students exchange WWW worksheets. Review answers orally.

B) Review the main elements of the browser as students use the browser to experience how to move around the WWW.

C) Distribute lists of URLs in the Net Magazine. Have students visit a number of sites and choose a website to review.

D) Have students complete a written review of a website of their choice based on these criteria.

1) Quality of graphics.

2) Website layout and ease of navigation.

3) Quality and usefulness of information.

4) Technical merit and computer effects.

Wrap-Up Activity (Closure): What Makes a Good website?

A) Have students answer this question verbally.

B) Write student responses on the overhead.

C) Have students give examples of good website design from their own reviews.

Evaluation: The lesson will be evaluated by:

I. the accuracy of student's written responses;

II. student's scores on future tests and quizzes.

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