Evaluating Web Sites

If it's on the Internet, it must be true—right? How can someone tell if a website contains less-than-truthful information? Savvy surfers evaluate sources in the fifth of a six-part college and career readiness instructional activity series. The group learns the steps to website evaluation before putting them to work on a variety of funny websites.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Start up a discussion by asking if pupils have ever read anything on the Internet and wondered if it was true, then ask for examples
  • Take time after group research is complete to have learners report their findings
Classroom Considerations

  • Take some time to get familiar with the websites students evaluate before the lesson begins, as they may have questions about where to locate specific information on each site
Pros

  • Humorous websites, such as The Jackalope Conspiracy, keep the class entertained and intrigued
  • The evaluation steps are simple and easy to remember
  • Extension activities help you customize the lesson for different skill levels
Cons

  • None