"Just the Facts, Ma'am": Evaluating Sources

Instructional Procedures

Instructional Sequence:

  1. Students are shown resources for current events in Utah's Online Library (Gale, EBSCO),Google Scholar and the Internet.
  2. Instruction will be given in advance about Internet searching strategies. Website evaluation strategies using the 5 W's will be discussed. Students will then evaluate 7 websites from list on Critical Evaluation (http://www.schrockguide.net/critical-evaluation.html) using a graphic organizer.
  3. Students are given list of websites on a contemporary issue (e.g. Brexit) to evaluate in pairs and complete credibility ranking and defense graphic organizer.
  4. Students will research their selected topic and print a credible article.