Evaluating Credibility of Sources

Topics: Writing, Source, Credibility / Pages: 23 (5620 words) / Published: Jul 25th, 2013
Essential Unit Guiding Question:
How do I evaluate the credibility of sources and determine which ones to use for a specific task?
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Beginner and Intermediate Lesson 5A:
What do I need to consider about the sources that I use?

LESSON OVERVIEW: In this lesson, teachers first lead students in a discussion around the guiding question: What kinds of sources should you use? Next, teachers help students to understand that no matter their task – be it informational report writing or argument – their information should be fact-based and the sources reliable. To do so, teachers conduct an activity around a fictitious site to highlight the importance of using unbiased, reliable, and accurate information. There are opportunities within this lesson for both the Beginner and Intermediate levels, so choose the appropriate links and activities to meet the needs of your students’ expertise levels and reading readiness.

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COMMON CORE STANDARDS: * K-12 College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards for Writing 8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism. (Grade specific: W.6.8, W.7.8, W.8.8, W.9-10.8, W.11-12.8)
Grade Specific Reading Standards for Informational Text * RI.3.5. Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently. * RI.5.7. Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently. * K-12 College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards for Writing 1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Grade Specific Standards for

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