English Language Arts, Secondary English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Middle School, High School
  • Credible Sources
  • Digital Literacy
  • Google for Education
  • Research
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    Evaluate Credibility of Online Sources

    Evaluate Credibility of Online Sources


    Need your students to do some research and want to make sure that they know how to find credible sources? There is the perfect Google for Education Applied Digital Skills Lesson for that! 


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    In this lesson, students will learn how to determine if an online source, that they want to use to research a topic, is a credible source using specific questions.

    • Time Frame: 1 - 2 45 minute class periods
    • Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual 
    • Authors: Google for Education Applied Digital Skills Lesson and Kristy Nelson


    Background for Teachers


    • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of credible sources.
    • You will need to be familiar with Google Docs and have a knowledge of how to insert a table into a Google Doc. 
    • You will need to have a purpose for your students' research and know what type of topic they will be doing their research on.

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Utah State Core Standard for Language Arts:

    Writing Standards 6th Grade - Research to Build and Present Knowledge 8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will know what a credible source is when they do research online. 

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will find an online article on a topic.
    • Students will be able to identify a credible source on a topic using specific questions.

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Student Background Knowledge

    Prior to this lesson, students will need to have a basic understanding of google Docs and how to create a table in Google Docs They will also need a topic in mind that they are going to research and find a credible source for.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Assign students, in need of additional support, a peer tutor that they can ask questions to as needed.

    Step 3 - Instruction


    Students will complete the Applied Digital Skills Lesson: "Evaluate Credibility of Online Sources" on the Google for Education website. All of the instructions that students will need to complete this assignment successfully can be accessed there.


    • Google For Education - Applied Digital Skills Lesson: Evaluate Credibility of Online Sources"
    • Google Docs 

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Students will create a Google Doc that contains their article copied and pasted in, a link created for their article, a table with the 5 "W"  questions answered, a decision on the credibility of their source, and the reasons why they made that decision.

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