Evaluating Online Sources

All sources are pretty much the same, right? If this is how your class views the sources they use for writing or research projects, present them with a media literacy lesson on smart source evaluation. Groups examine several articles, discuss guiding questions, and create their own source evaluation tools.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • The lesson makes a great addition to a journalism or social studies class
  • Allow plenty of time for discussion, as the interesting topics covered in the lesson are bound to get the class talking
Classroom Considerations

  • Create a class set of the six articles used in the activity, so groups can cycle through them
  • Each group needs a computer with Internet access
Pros

  • Activity uses multiple sources and provides a simple approach to source evaluation
  • Pupils work with current events in real time, making the lesson much more relevant
Cons

  • None