Lesson Plan

Vaping - Assessing the Credibility of a Website

Students will compare several websites (some obviously more credible than the other) on the topic of vaping and evaluate them using the "CRAP checklist." They will look at factors like currency, reliability, accuracy, and purpose.
Candace W.
Media specialist/librarian
Ralph Chandler Middle School
Simpsonville, SC
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies, English Language Learning
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1 Hook/Attention Getter: Is it Okay to Use Internet Resources for Scholarly Research?

Introduce students to the vulnerabilities of using information found on the open Web as authoritative/credible resources for class research projects. 

Students must be familiar with the internet. It will also be helpful for students to understand or review the meaning of words like "credibility" and "bias."

Use Steve Carell's famous Wikipedia YouTube clip to help highlight for students the frailties of Google resources.

Highlight the enduring nature of The New Yorker cartoon on being a "dog" on the Internet. The article is also useful and fun as a cultural signpost. Why is it the most reproduced cartoon in New Yorker History?

Student Instructions

Move into your group as assigned by your teacher.

Informally, as a group, discuss the YouTube video on Wikipedia as a resource.

Informally, as a group, discuss why the "dog" cartoon is the most reproduced cartoon in the history of The New Yorker.

Be prepared to share around the room why the Internet is not necessarily the best place to find scholarly resources.

2 Direct Instruction - Tools for Determining the Credibility of a Website

Instruct students with an overview of the CRAAP test criteria giving careful consideration to their understanding of credibility, authoritative, bias, currency, relevance.

Show the video explaining the CRAAP test.

Student Instructions

Follow the teacher's overview of CRAAP test criteria.

View the video giving an overview of CRAAP test criteria.

3 Guided Practice: Whole Class Application of CRAAP Test to Web Resource

Lead class in whole group assessment of Rolling Stone article on vaping using CRAAP test criteria.

Student Instructions

Follow teacher in whole class assessment of Rolling Stone article on vaping using CRAAP test criteria.

4 Independent Practice: Small Group Assessment of Web Resources on Vaping

5 Wrap Up: Sum Up Which Article(s) Were the Most Reliable

Instruct students to use a Padlet code to post whether their group's article was reliable or not and explain why using the graphic organizer criteria.

Student Instructions

Use Padlet to post whether your group's article was reliable or not and explain why using the graphic organizer criteria.