Finding Reliable Information


ELAR-Grade-6 Inquiry & Research Finding Reliable Information
Students learn to search for information online. They use specific search terms to find relevant information from multiple sources. Then, they learn to refine their searches based on search results and analyze results. Next, they learn to examine and analyze sources for reliability, credibility, bias, and faulty reasoning.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn to search for information online. They use specific search terms to find relevant information from multiple sources. Then, they learn to refine their searches based on search results. Next, they learn to examine and analyze sources for reliability, credibility, bias, and faulty reasoning.

Students will collaborate in small groups for Scenes 3 and 4.

Note that in the complementary experience “Generating Inquiry Questions,” students write questions that could serve for formal and informal inquiries based on passages containing information about modern designers Charles and Ray Eames. In this experience, “Finding Reliable Information,” students conduct research to answer questions about that same subject. Each experience can stand alone, but they are designed to work together.

Objectives

  • Search for information from reliable sources.
  • Recognize bias and faulty reasoning in a source.

Duration

One class period.


The digital age of information has made almost endless information available within seconds. But how can you tell if you can trust the information you have found? In this experience, you will learn some tips for gathering information online and analyzing it for signs of reliability, credibility, bias, and faulty reasoning.

Objectives

  • Find reliable information.
  • Gather and evaluate information.


woman holding a tablet with a search screen displayed

Imagine you have been asked to identify the best musical artist of the 1970s. Since you weren’t around then, how would you find the answer to the question?


List all the ways you can think of to find information about the best musical artist of the 1970s.

Post your answer

Lead a discussion about the responses, Point out that the concept of “best” is subjective, so there will not be a single answer, as there would be with a search for a person’s year of birth. Students could look for best-selling artists, best-reviewed, or most respected by critics. They could also ask their parents, grandparents, or others who know the music of that era. Another possibility is to research the music of the ‘70s and draw their own conclusions. In all cases, they would have to evaluate the accuracy and bias of the sources.


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