Identifying High-Quality Sites (6-8)
Students explore the idea that anyone can publish on the Internet, so not all sites are equally trustworthy. They need to carefully evaluate the sites they use for research, and then decide which ones they can trust. As a class, students discuss how print materials (books and newspaper or magazine articles) are published. Then they compare and contrast this process with publishing on the Internet, learning that there are no built-in checks for accuracy or quality on the Internet. Therefore, they must use their own criteria to judge the trustworthiness and usefulness of websites.
Students will be able to ...
- understand how the ease of publishing on the Internet might affect how much they can trust the content of some sites.
- learn criteria that will help them evaluate websites.
- apply the criteria to a site to determine how trustworthy and useful it is.
Alignment with Standards
Common Core State Standards:Grade 6: RI.2, RI.3, RI.8, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.5, SL.6, L.6Grade 7: RI.2, RI.3, RI.8, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.5, SL.6, L.6Grade 8: RI.2, RI.3, RI.8, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.2, SL.5, SL.6, L.6ISTE:1d, 2b, 3a-dCASEL: 4a-d, 5a-f