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Washington Oak School Library: Website Evaluation

Week #1

Essential Question: How can I choose trustworthy websites for my research?

Looking into Authority 

Questions to ask: 

Who is in charge of the website? 

Who wrote it?

Directions: 

We just watched the "Evaluation Websites Tutorial" and reviewed where to find the "About Us" section. 

Look at the website below and practice finding the author of the webpage/article and who is in charge of the website. Hint: The "About Us" section (found at the top or the bottom of the page) is a good place to start! 

https://www.worldwildlife.org/blogs/good-nature-travel/posts/ten-interesting-facts-about-gray-wolves

Record your answers in your website evaluation packet! 

Week 2

Essential Question: How can I choose trustworthy websites for my research?

Score Your Site

Last week, we practiced finding the Author of a webpage as well as the company/organization that owns the website. This week, we are going to rate websites using all of TRAAP's indicators: Timeliness, Relevance, Accuracy, Author, and Purpose. 

Directions: 

Use the first "Score Your Site" page in your research packet (front and back!) to decide whether or not the website below is trustworthy: 

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/giant-antarctic-sea-spiders-breathe-really-strangely

**Don't forget! The About Us section is found at the top or the bottom of the page. It holds all the website's secrets!

 

 

Week 3

Essential Question: How can you know FOR SURE whether your website is trustworthy or not? 

DOUBLE CHECKING INFORMATION

Sometimes a website can look trustworthy, but it is not

In order to know FOR SURE whether the information found on a site is correct, check another website to see if it has similar information.

Directions:

Use the second "Score Your Site" paper to decide if this website is trustworthy or not: 

http://www.thedogisland.com/index.html

 

Week 4

THE FINAL TEST!

Directions: Go to the website below and "score your site!" Then, ON THE BACK, answer the question: "Is this a trustworthy website? How do you know? 

https://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/