Critical Source Evaluation
- Grade Level:
- Sixth Grade-Twelfth Grade
- Journalism, Language Arts, Media Studies, Museum Studies, Reading, Writing
- 45 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 36
- computer lab
- National/State Standards:
- Arizona College and Career Readiness:
6-12.RH.1, 6-12.RH.2, 6-12.RH.5, 6-12.RH.6, 6-12.RH.8, 6-12.RH.9
6-12.RST.2, 6-12.RST.5, 6-12.RST.8, 6-12.RST.9
- cite, citation, source, primary, secondary, persuasion, bias, logic, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning
OverviewNational parks are valuable repositories of information including subject matter experts, photographs, and tangible objects. One of the founding principles of national parks is that this primary source information be preserved so that people may learn from it in the future. Students today may take advantage of this opportunity both in person and online.
Students will be able to:
- Define "citation"
- Name at least three criteria by which a source can be evaluated
- Use deductive and inductive reasoning to draw conclusions
- Evaluate the credibility of a variety of sources online and in the world
BackgroundThe vast resources available on the Internet in the 21st century can be a treasure trove of information but can also be difficult to navigate. What is true and what is untrue? When is an author practicing sound research techniques? How do we determine whether a source is reliable or not?
Before a research project, introduce your students to the attached Evaluating Sources worksheet. This form can be used for a variety of materials including articles, websites, diagrams, personal interviews, etc. Make sure that students understand all the vocabulary included on the worksheet.