This lesson ties into both ELA and Journalism standards asking students to critically analyze online news sources. Students will read Stephen Glass's famously fabricated article "Hack Heaven" and use their understanding of the methods of the CRAAP test to analyze its overall credibility. This lesson can be used in-person and online, synchronously, as well as asynchronously, and ties into a research project where students conduct research to research, report, write, and edit their own news article on a topic of their choosing.
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Moira on Nov 19, 01:22pm

This resource is well structured and includes everything that you need to start students on learning how to use CRAAP to evaluate online sources. While the resource is leveled for the 11-12 band and that is reflected in the chosen sample article, it is easy to adapt the resource to other grade levels and insert another article that is relevant to the content being taught. This resource is excellent for working with students in science, history, career research, and any other situations where a student needs to know if a source should be trusted.

Alex Floch on Jun 17, 06:51pm

Thanks for your feedback, Jolene! I've added the standards this aligns to (somehow they didn't save at first), as well as a note about ideas to adapt this resource for younger students.

Jolene on Jun 10, 05:50pm

This is a great resource. I love the concept of teaching credible sources (I try to teach this to my elementary students in my computer class).
One thing I like about this resource is that is has all the necessary documents uploaded and even hyperlinked necessary info for the teacher.
An opportunity for improvement would be to list which standard this lesson applies to.
Something I wonder about is if this lesson could be modified for younger students.
One new idea to consider in the design is possibly finding a way for struggling readers or ESL students to listen to the articles instead of having to read it all.



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