This PowerPoint covers the important topic of selecting and evaluating high quality print and online resources. Questions within the PowerPoint ask students to determine the best source to answer a research question and then asks students to determine why that would be the best source and why the other sources are not the best choice.
It also shows students that internet sources need to be thoroughly checked by using an example of an internet hoax (Picture of soldiers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Hurricane Sandy).
Finally, students are given a check list to use to check websites for reliability. This can be used for extra practice looking for high quality sites or during the research process. Students must look for certain criteria in a website and then list the evidence they find that meets that criteria.
This PowerPoint and website activity cover these Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.