Evaluating Web Sites

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Just because a website pops up as the first result in a search engine doesn't make it a credible resource. Learn to evaluate a website based on its source, purpose, content, and presentation with a media analysis lesson. Individuals or pairs choose a topic to research, and find a high-quality site and a low-quality site about the same topic.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Brainstorm a list of additional topics for classmates to research
  • Lead a discussion in which learners describe the characteristics of low-quality websites versus high-quality websites in their browsing history
  • If any members of the class have experience with website design, encourage them to share their opinions and skills with their peers
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson requires Internet access, either in class or at home
  • Consider providing a list of approved websites for individuals to evaluate if your school does not block inappropriate sites
  • Resource uses quality and high-quality interchangeably; clarify the colloquial definition of quality for English learners
  • Part of a larger media literacy unit, but effective on its own
Pros

  • Encourages critical thinking and source evaluation
  • Practices comparing and contrasting skills in a medium in which teenagers have familiarity
Cons

  • None