Chase / Lauren Crap Detection

Goals:

  • in groups students will visit several different websites and list the “red flags” and “green flags” in order to figure out whether or not a website is reliable

  • as an assessment, the students will be given three different subjects to google. The students should use what they learned about red flags and green flags to list two reliable websites for each subject

  • isolate and define “red flags” and “green flags”

Written Description/Rationale:

With the ever-increasing amount of information on the web, it is extremely important for students to be able to differentiate between reliable, scholarly web pages, and ‘crap’ websites meant to mislead, misguide or otherwise hinder meaningful learning. Since the web has equal, open access to anyone, websites may be published to reflect certain ideas or platforms that may not be reliable or factual. In many cases, reliable websites include key elements (Top Level Domains, works cited, research agencies, etc.) that indicate the validity of the information. Unreliable websites may include a disproportionate amount of advertisements, information may be presented by a person who is not a scholar or professional (i.e. a 13 year old talking about astrophysics), or may make claims without citing the proper material. This activity will help students identify appropriate and reliable information that can be used in a classroom setting.

Full Lesson Plan

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