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Big Idea: Critical thinkers actively and skillfully interpret, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information.

Big Idea: Effective research requires the use of varied resources to gain or expand knowledge.
Library Information Concept: Evaluating Sources
Grade Band 3-5
Stage 1: Desired Results
Established Goals (English Language Arts & Business, Computer, & Information Technology Standards):
CC1.4.5.I Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details; draw from credible sources.
15.3.5.E Distinguish between age appropriate and inappropriate print and electronic resources used for introductory research.
15.4.3-5.L Discuss the characteristics of a credible website.
Understandings (Students will understand that): Competencies (Students will know/be able to):
Critical thinkers actively and skillfully interpret, Evaluate sources for credibility and currency. Identify facts and details that support reasons.
analyze, evaluate and synthesize information. Discuss criteria for evaluating a website: credibility, relevance, bias, accuracy and currency.
What understandings/competencies will be assessed through this task?
Students will critically evaluate sources based on established criteria.
Stage 2: Assessment Evidence
Performance Task: Two Truths and a Lie Article Credibility Evaluation Suggested Grade: 4

Have you ever played the game Two Truths and a Lie? Its often used as an ice breaker game when youre meeting new people. Each
person has to present three statements about themselves to the group, two of which are true while one is false, and the group has to decide
which is the lie. The person presenting the statements will often try to trick the group. They can stretch the truth in their lie, choose distracting
truths, or otherwise try to trick you into choosing the wrong answer.

Your class will be broken up into three groups. Each group will be given a print out of an article, two of which will be truths and one of which
will be a lie. You will have five minutes to read the article and assess its credibility based on what you know about fake news and website
evaluation. Each group will present their findings to the class and we will decide which article is the fake news lie.
Performance Task Rubric: Two Truths and a Lie Article Credibility Evaluation
English Language Arts & Business, Computer, & Information Technology Standards
Suggested Grade: 4
Big Idea: Critical thinkers actively and skillfully interpret, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information; Effective
research requires the use of varied resources to gain or expand knowledge.
Library Information Concept: Evaluating Sources
Criteria for Success

Levels of
Achievement
Correctly Identifying True or False Articles Citing Reasons for Credibility

Group correctly identifies whether the article is Identifies several specific facts and details to
3 trustworthy or fake news. support their credibility evaluation.
Group is able to efficiently convey their decision to their
Proficient
classmates
Group correctly identifies whether the article is Identifies few specific facts and details to support
2 trustworthy or fake news. their credibility evaluation.
Group is not able to efficiently convey their decision to
Developing their classmates
Group does not correctly identify whether the article is Identifies no specific facts and details to support
1 trustworthy or fake news. their credibility evaluation.
Group is not able to efficiently convey their decision to
Needs their classmates
Improving

Stage 3 Learning Plan: Sequenced Instructional Strategies and Student Learning Experiences
Performance Task: Two Truths and a Lie Article Credibility Evaluation Suggested Grade: 4
Sequenced teaching and student learning experiences that engage students to develop and demonstrate their
understandings and competencies
Content/Skills:
Selecting diverse sources to meet established criteria
Providing rationales for choices of sources and citing sources according to guidelines

Instructional Strategies:
Model how to evaluate a source and how to determine credibility
Encourage self- and peer-reflection through small group discussions
Reflect on past knowledge of the subject matter

Student Learning Experiences:


Identify fake news, credibility, and skeptical
Brainstorm ways to evaluate a source for credibility
Evaluate an articles credibility
Discuss findings and create rationale within a small group
Share rationale for final choice with the whole class

Sequencing:
Prior Knowledge Assessment: Evaluation of sources and fake news
Timeframe: 30 minutes

Potential Collaboration:
Content teachers

Stage 3 Learning Plan: Resources to Support the Learning Plan


Performance Task: Two Truths and a Lie Article Credibility Evaluation Suggested Grade: 4
Suggested Resources for Librarian and Teacher to Use in Instruction
Format Resource
Books (fiction,
informational texts, What Is Fake News article from Scholastic News
narrative nonfiction,
drama, poetry)
Print outs of articles for evaluation

o <http://now8news.com/united-airlines-flight-attendant-slaps-crying-baby/>

o <https://newsela.com/articles/librarycongress-aliens/id/16320/>

o <http://www.timeforkids.com/news/rumor-has-it/558216>

Websites
What Is Fake News article from Scholastic News

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