John Sadzewicz, Dana John, Beth Clothier, Angela Anderson
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Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
High School
  • 3.0.3 SL: Media Literacy
  • Media Literacy
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    Using Evaluation to Find Credible Sources

    Using Evaluation to Find Credible Sources


    This lesson is a follow-up to learning the CRAAP strategy (or some other evaluation strategy) and allows students to put it into practice.  This lesson is part of a media unit curated at our Digital Citizenship website, "Who Am I Online?"

    Lesson Objective/Student Target

    The students will be able to...evaluate sources for a variety of topics using a set of criteria such as the CRAAP strategy.


    ISTE Standard 3b. Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility, and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.

    CCSS ELA Writing 8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

    Overarching Question:

     How do I choose credible sources of information?

    This activity should be done after students have been introduced to the CRAAP strategy or other comparable strategy for evaluating sources.

    Key Vocabulary




    -Students will need a copy of the worksheet titled: Finding Credible Sources

    -Students will need access to a device with a browser and connection to the internet.

    Pre-Assessment/Background Knowledge

    How have you evaluated sources in the past?


    1. For this activity you will receive a list of topics for which you will find one credible source each.
    2. Be sure to explain why you thought the sources are credible using the criteria you have learning (such as CRAAP*)

    Formative Assessment

    Completed worksheet.

    Discussion as a class about sources found and strategies used.


    *CRAAP strategy used by permission: Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.