Level 1: Beginning

Overview

There are 6 assignments in this section. The goal is to give you a basic understanding of how to discern the reliability and trustworthiness of a given source. This is the first step in Analysis.

Assignment 1

In this assignment, you need to analyze the source of the document. Do you trust the person who wrote it? Why or why not?

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Assignment 2

Should you trust internet comments? Why or why not?

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Assignment 3

Most people know the difference between an advertisement and a news article, but can you recognize the difference before even clicking on an article?

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Assignment 4

More and more people are getting their news from social media sites such as Twitter - but is that a good thing? Should you trust what you see on Twitter or Facebook?

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Assignment 5

Even on a dedicated news website, some articles are more useful or trustworthy than others - can you tell the difference between a trustworthy article and one that is not trustworthy?

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Assignment 6

Given two websites, can you choose which one is more trustworthy than the other?

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Civic Online Reasoning & IGCSE Global Perspectives Skills

The above resources are based on the Stanford History Education Group's Civic Online Reasoning project. If you are a teacher, you can click here to download the original lessons plus the rubrics for each activity; a SHEG account is free to sign-up, and all the lessons are free as well.