The idea of fact is challenged in this lesson as students explore validity and reliability of information from a variety of sources. Students will identify and define vocabulary from stories they have read and then begin to explore sites like Wikipedia, Databases, and Encyclopedias to compare information. Students will explore hoax websites and identify warning signs that speak to the fraudulence of these sites. Students are pre and post tested for further reflection on mastering researching information.
This lesson is Approaching in Research and Information Fluency. Students accessed a variety of websites and determined the accuracy and authority of the information. The authentic task was to be able to refine this skill and use it for future research. The teacher provided the challenges for her students through a variety of sites. Students were formatively assessed on their understanding of good research.
This lesson is Developing in Communication and Collaboration. Students worked in groups and collaborated with one another. The communication and collaboration stayed within the confines of the classroom and within the parameters of the assignment.
This lesson is Approaching in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. The students are able to justify why a site is or is not a reliable source of information based on strategies they have previously learned. This lesson was designed to encourage higher order thinking skills and to promote students finding and understanding ways to decipher authentic sites from fake sites.
This lesson is Entry in Creativity and Innovation. It was not the focus of this lesson, and there wasn’t a creative, original final product. In large part, students will be using this knowledge and understanding of good research to create meaningful work in future lessons.
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