What do Good Readers Do?

  • I know when information meets my needs.
  • I know how to identify an author.
  • I can judge an author's authority on a subject.
  • I understand how authors shape truth.
  • I understand that experience affect my version of truth.
  • I can see how an author supports her argument.


Activity: Looking at Student Work

Activity: Hoax Websites
Question: How do I know if the information is useful for my research?

Learning Objective: Integrating strategies for verifying the accuracy of information and author's level of expertise

1. Work with your group to brainstorm strategies for critically evaluating the information at a website. Create a list of these ideas in your handout.

2. See if you can determine if each of these sites is real or not real (there are some of both). Avoid relying only on your prior knowledge - since often your students will not have this knowledge to rely on or it is inaccurate.

If you determined that it is real, what evidence do you have to prove it? If you think it is a hoax, how do you know for sure?

Site A: Dog Island
Site B: Computer Tan
Site C: Dehydrated Water
Site D: DAT-a-way
Site E: The Ova Prima Foundation
Site F: Fruitilicious
Site G: The YouTube Collection
Site H: gMail Tap

(Coiro, 2008)

Additional Sources for Locating and Evaluating Websites