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Spartan Savvy: Integrative Model for Information Literacy

Activities covering information literacy topics

The 5 Ws of Evaluation

by Unknown User on 2018-05-04T12:55:00-04:00 | Comments

Synopsis:

Students will ask and answer questions about the characteristics of a source in order to critically evaluate it.

Activity Time:

20-30 Minutes

Learning Goals: 

Students will learn how to evaluate information sources by practicing asking critical questions.

Description/Lesson Plan:

  • Provide the class with two different articles on the same topic.
  • Individually or in small groups, have students compare and contrast the articles by identifying the who, what, where, when, and why of each article:
    • Who wrote it?
    • What’s the topic?
    • Where was it published?
    • When was it published?
    • Why was it written?
  • Ask students to share their responses with the class. Then facilitate the class discussion based on the following questions:
    • What were some commonalities between the sources?
    • What were some differences?
    • Which source do you trust most?
    • Which sources was the easiest to publish? 
    • Were there any voices that were missing from any of these sources? And how would you know?
    • Who would you liked to have heard from on this topic?

Teaching Tips:

The article comparison could be assigned as homework.  

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