Critical thinking

Students have more information at their fingertips than ever before, yet the challenge remains for them to find, evaluate, and apply the information they discover in the classroom and beyond.

Critical thinking teaching guide

Learn how to teach students critical thinking skills to use while doing research in class. Download guide

Applying critical thinking skills through web research can help students:

  • Improve search skills.

  • Evaluate the information they find.

  • Incorporate them in their work.

Explore the ready-to-use curriculum below, including detailed lesson plans, student worksheets, and class demonstrations. We developed this critical thinking and web research curriculum with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Lesson plans include prerequisites, rationale, essential concepts, and descriptions of related National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and are designed for beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels, aimed at middle school and secondary students.


Validity and reliability




Citing web sources

Civil discourse