Reflection: Real World Applications Cardenas & Columbus: An Objective Exploration? - Section 3: Building Knowledge


This section of the lesson absolutely floored me!  Judging by the sources I have historically gotten from students in their resource paper, I have always just assumed that students have no idea how to evaluate texts for credibility.  However, when I brought it up here within the context of YouTube, I was astounded by the depth and clarity of their ideas on evaluating the credibility of the videos on YouTube!  As soon as I discovered this inherent sensibility, I obviously exploited it.  After we discussed the YouTube credibility-measuring tactics, we continued the discussion to apply the same rigorous vetting tactics with print sources.  Students were well-aware of how to determine the credibility of sources, both video and print, but they admitted openly that they only cared to determine the credibility of information when it directly affected them in some way.  Most of my students use YouTube videos to learn how to do things in their lives from time to time, and with these, they take the time to consider credibility.  Using the example of jumping the car battery was definitely an example they would care to determine credibility about since it offers the possibility of electrical shock if it's done wrong.  I will have to figure out some other method to ensure they evaluate research sources with care, because this period definitely made it clear that on their own, it's more of an apathy issue than a lack of knowledge issue.

  YouTube & the Mystery of Credibility
  Real World Applications: YouTube & the Mystery of Credibility
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Cardenas & Columbus: An Objective Exploration?

Unit 1: Early American Voices & Developing Reading Habits
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT determine the credibility of authors of both digital media and print sources by providing evidence from the source which supports or inhibits credibility.

Big Idea: In the information age, credibility is of dire importance. But is this a new necessity? Columbus might hope you don’t have a fact-checker!

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English / Language Arts, theme (Reading Comp), Reading, Digital Media, Genres (Reading), compare and contrast, origin myth, observations, figurative language, credibility, audience, subjective, objective, SMART goals
  90 minutes
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