Teachers design CWR activities to guide students to read and evaluate information on the Internet. Activities can last a single class period or be sustained across a week, month, or even several months. However, teachers typically use CWR activities for several class periods.
Students work on activities (in class or from home) to become more skilled and successful readers of the Web. Depending on a teacher's goals, students can work individually, in pairs, or in groups as they complete CWR activities.
At the most basic level, the CWR takes any webpage and places it within an interactive learning frame. Within this frame, students use teacher-selected lenses to help them analyze and evaluate webpages.
Each lens includes guiding questions, tips, suggestions and a special "Reader notes" section for students to type responses and document their thinking.