Source Reliability Web Quest

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That Literacy Girl
Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Homeschool
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23 pages
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Students had a lot of fun with these stories. It helped us review issues of reliability, especially in a virtual setting.
This helped my students learn about valid websites before we began a research unit. Very helpful and easy to use!
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  1. This research skills lesson plan bundle includes:Free Digital Notecards: An easy-to-use tool where students can record notes they discover throughout their research and link directly to the original source to help them build their Works Cited pages later on. To help students avoid plagiarism, these
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This webquest is an interactive way for students to explore internet sources and determine whether they are credible or not. Each source provided on the web quest is similar in nature to the Northwest Pacific Tree Octopus website. Some are hoaxes that have gone to great lengths to appear real. Others contain real information that is so weird, wacky, or unexpected that they're hard to believe. It is up to students to use the strategies they learn from the introductory slideshow included in this resource to reveal the truth and determine whether the sources are reliable.

During the slideshow, students take notes on an included notes sheet. Afterwards, students work in groups to inspect each indicator of source reliability: the date, the author, the publisher, the domain name, the bias, the page design and the sources the page cites.

Purchase of this product includes a downloadable .pdf with links to the Google Slideshow and the Google Docs that house the webquest and notes. When clicked, the links will automatically prompt you to make a copy of the materials. This allows the resources to be edited to meet the unique needs of your classroom!

The conversations and authentic research experiences this resource sparks are invaluable. I do this lesson with my students every year, and it is one of my favorite plans to teach!

As students become familiar with source reliability and begin doing their own research, you may also be interested in this Paraphrasing Mini-Lesson and Practice to support them with note-taking skills that will help them avoid plagiarism.

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Total Pages
23 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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