This lesson is built around Pennsylvania language arts standards (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and also addresses some history standards to a lesser extent.

Students participating in this activity should have prior understanding of a systematic research process and skills (such as those outlined in the Big6 model). They should also understand the issues involved in using various types of source materials, particularly in the reasons to be cautious when researching on the Internet. A good foundation for these skills are these introductory lessons and Treasure Hunts.