Evaluating Reliable Sources

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A lesson plan instills the importance of locating reliable sources. Scholars are challenged to locate digital sources, analyze their reliability, search for any bias, and identify frequently found problems that make a source unusable. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Preview the three websites prior to assigning them to confirm their level of appropriateness for your population
  • Turn on a Safe Search or visit a preapproved stock-photo website to keep class members from seeing things they shouldn't  
  • Post reflection questions on a blog—direct learners to answer each question and reply to at least one peer 
  • If applicable, coordinate the lesson with the school technology teacher—team teach and build on each other's current curriculum to address digital literacy 
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson requires copies and each participant to have access to a digital learning device with internet 
  • 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
  • Two links direct pupils to helpful videos 
  • Encourages pupils to be positive digital citizens and make smart choices 
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