Learning Exercise

Website evaluation

This tutorial establishes criteria for evaluating websites and provides examples for each criterion.
Course: Courses that require a research paper, high school English classes, college English 101 classes
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Exercise

After completing this tutorial individually, groups of 3-4 students will look at and evaluate two websites using the criteria set forth in the tutorial. They will then decide which, if any, of the websites they would include in a research paper. If time allows, groups could come together and discuss what they learned and what was surprising to them. Sample websites for evaluation: http://www.martinlutherking.org/ http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html http://www.dhmo.org/ http://www.sparky.org/news.html http://www.helmets.org/stats.htm http://deathpenaltyinfo.msu.edu/ http://people.smu.edu/rhalperi/

Disciplines

Requirements

Basic web searching skills

Topics

Research, web evaluation

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

Students will learn how to evaluate websites and choose appropriate resources for their research assignments.

Assessment

Students will provide thoughtful reasons to include or exclude a particular website from a research paper.