Critically Evaluating Online Information


The following definitions can serve as common language for you and your students as you begin sharing strategies for how to read critically on the Internet.
  • Relevancy: the information’s level of importance to a particular reading purpose or stated information need
  • Accuracy: the extent to which information contains factual and updated details that can be verified by consulting alternative and/or primary sources
  • Reliability: the information’s level of trustworthiness based on information about the author and the publishing body
  • Bias (perspective): the position or slant toward which an author shapes information
  • Commercial bias: the extent to which information appears to be influenced by commercial interests for or against a certain product

Explore the activities at the website below, using your handouts to note your thoughts and reflections.

Ideas about critical literacy in your content area
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