Model Activities

The DELVE Learning team has created model Critical Web Reader activities. Each is framed with an inquiry question and is designed to deeply engage students. These model activities can be used directly in the classroom or easily modified to meet teacher and student needs.

Recent activities include:

Fast Food


What do we need to know about fast food marketing?

In today’s fast paced society, many people are relying on the fast-food industry to feed themselves (children and parents).  Without the knowledge and critical thinking required to analyse what is advertised in the media, people will not be able to make informed decisions to better contribute to their health.

This activity explores the marketing of fast food to children, teens, and adults.

Election stickers

What techniques of deception are used in ads about the presidential election in the U.S.?

In the United States A LOT of money is spent on political advertisements. This is especially the case with the presidential election. And much of this money is spent on short television and online video ads (30 seconds to a minute or two).

The primary goal of each ad, of course, is to convince viewers to vote for one candidate and not the other(s). And to do this, they often use techniques of deception which distort the truth (or just lie!) and mislead us about their own record or about the record of the other candidate(s).

So, in this activity students identify and discuss techniques of deception used in ads about the 2012 presidential election in the United States.



How can social harmony be best achieved in online spaces?

Online spaces (such as websites, blogs, Facebook, and YouTube) are also common spaces where people from different backgrounds interact. Sometimes, however, people act irresponsibly and post information that can be insensitive, offensive, or hurtful. This may threaten social cohesion among different racial and religious groups.

In this activity, students evaluate sources to help them consider different approaches to achieve social cohesion in online spaces.

Civil War Photograph

What can we learn from a close reading of Civil War era photographs?

Photographs are an effective way to begin a unit. They can “hook” students into the topic, build some content knowledge, and can help them ask questions.

Photographs are also particularly useful for learning how to make inferences – or “doing interpretation” which is what historical thinking is all about

The primary goal of this activity is to build essential knowledge about the causes and effects of the Civil War and about life in the United States during Reconstruction.



What can we learn from different accounts of the Battle at Lexington Green in 1775?

In this activity students examine two differing accounts of the Battle at Lexington Green in 1775 during the early stages of the American Revolution. One account is from a colonist and member of the Lexington militia. The other account is from a British officer.



“Hamburger” image courtesy of moomsabuy / “US Presidential Election” image courtesy of nirots / “Teenager Touching Like Button” image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici /

Civil war photo image courtesy of Civil war photo image courtesy of
Battle of Lexington painting image courtesy of: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-B8184-3287]