I have used this successfully with ninth grade English/language arts students to begin a research project, but I believe it would also work best with students in the middle school grades.
Students will be able to identify criteria (authority, objectivity,
authenticity, timeliness, relevance, and efficiency) for evaluating sources of information.
Students will be asked to reflect upon the following questions: “What does it mean if something is ‘credible?’ Why is credibility important when you are looking for information? For example, if you’re looking for song lyrics, why must that web site be credible?
How else might we evaluate things in our daily lives for both quality and credibility?
Students will then paraphrase major points discussed in the PowerPoint-aided mini-lesson about evaluating resources. They will use the graphic organizer to paraphrase these points. The instructor should check for understanding by asking pointed
questions, perhaps by giving students opportunities to explain why these points are important or by providing examples of how each point should be implemented.
Students will then be asked to find a partner and apply these skills by evaluating a web site. The handout for this activity is included in this packet. Students will answer ten questions about their
findings and then share these responses verbally with classmates and the instructor.
To wrap up the lesson, the instructor might give students time to conduct research for a new project. If this is not applicable, administer the “ticket-out-the-door” activity before students
leave the classroom.
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Evaluating Sources: How do I determine a resource’s credibility?
by Christopher Mitchell
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