Reflection: Rigor A Website Review - Section 2: A Website Review


Add rigor and critical thinking to your lesson by asking students to assess and evaluate a website. In this lesson, I asked students to assess if a website meets their needs (according to the objective) and is reliable.

While assessing a website, I wanted students to use three(3) questions for their criteria: Does the diagram (rock cycle) have the right amount of information? Is the diagram accurate? Does it have the same information as diagrams found in reliable sources such as the textbook or encyclopedia? These three questions helped students to focus on the objective: Do diagrams of the rock cycle (on the Internet) have accurate, reliable information?

Assessing a website is a life-long skill to be taught and used by 21st century learners. 

Assessing a website builds on the College and Career Readiness Standards Reading and Writing. The CCRS help develop a student's ability to understand how language functions and clarify vocabulary words and phrases.

When assessing a website, students should keep in mind the accessibility, navigation, design, and content of the website.

Students were engaged in this lesson. They learned and discovered how to evaluate a website. They felt empowered. 

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A Website Review

Unit 7: Rocks & Minerals
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: SWBAT evaluate diagrams of the rock cycle for accurate, reliable information.

Big Idea: When students evaluate, they use higher order thinking skills. Evaluating is assessing the validity or quality of work based on criteria. Provide criteria. Ask students to evaluate. Have students justify their position.

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Science, Rock Cycle, evaluate, minerals, rocks
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