Putting the Consumer's Questions to Work

Who, what, when, where, why, and how are good questions to ask when evaluating a source. First, scholars find two sources of information relating to a chosen topic. Next, pupils complete a worksheet to gauge the source's credibility. Ultimately, learners seek to answer the question: Is the resource trustworthy?

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask students to find examples of untrustworthy news articles and bring them in to share and discuss with peers
Classroom Considerations
  • Make copies of the worksheets
  • Prepare potential research topics in advance
  • Provide Internet access
Pros
  • Includes a list of discussion topics
  • Provides practice with evaluation and analysis, two higher-order thinking skills
Cons
  • None