Attack the Source!

A research project is only as good as the credibility of its sources. Teach elementary learners to evaluate their sources by identifying author, time of publication, and area where the source was published, among other details.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Make a stack of copies of the worksheet and have individuals use one page per source in their projects
  • Have class members bring in one article a week that covers current issues, along with the completed worksheet
Classroom Considerations

  • Worksheet is best used with teacher modeling, as learners may be tempted to jot down a minimal amount of information
  • Attached worksheet is similar to the original resource, but contains a few different questions
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Quick, basic, and straightforward
  • Encourages pupils to think critically about the sources they read
Cons

  • None
Common Core