The goal of the activity is to help students learn how to evaluate the quality of sources they use for gaining information. Students learn to better evaluate the credibility of online sources by actively evaluating the credibility of the sources used for their research.
This activity takes place across two stages. First students learn some techniques for finding resources for their topics and some tools to evaluate the quality of those sources. Then they practice these skills by finding and posting articles, with the evaluations. They then receive feedback on this step from the teacher. In the second stage, they revise the sources they use and then develop a summary and explanation of the key points for their topic, which is posted to the whole class. The whole activity takes 3 weeks of class time.
This activity is essentially a jigsaw activity, where the final research is shared with the class. Students then use each other’s research to help them develop and write two essays within the course.
Students will be able to:
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