Fact or Fiction?
Evaluating Website Authenticity
Learning Objectives
All students will have to conduct research at some point in their academic career and therefore they will need to know what content they can trust as a reliable source.  This lesson will help them learn how to do that.

Students will be able to:
  • understand that not all content on websites can be trusted
  • determine what criteria should be used to evaluate a website’s content
  • evaluate websites based on the criteria learned

ELA.9.2.1. Analyze the structure and format of functional workplace documents, including the graphics and headers, and explain how authors use the features to achieve their purposes.
Grade Ten
Reading
ELA.10.2.0 Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials)
Structural Features of Informational Materials
ELA.10.2.1. Analyze the structure and format of functional workplace documents, including the graphics and headers, and explain how authors use the features to achieve their purposes.
Grade Eleven
Reading
ELA.11.2.0 Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials)
Structural Features of Informational Materials
ELA.11.2.1. Analyze both the features and the rhetorical devices of different types of public documents (e.g., policy statements, speeches, debates, platforms) and the way in which authors use those features and devices.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Research
8. Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.