Website Reliability

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The Internet teems with websites seeking to advance specific political agendas while concealing their true intent, identity, or backers. These sites often have high production values and the trappings of legitimacy (e.g., boards of directors, links to academic studies, even 501(c)(3) status). In this digital task, students are asked to evaluate such a website.

Parallel Assessment: Carbon Dioxide

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Crash Course Video #2: The Facts About Fact Checking

In the second video of the series, John Green discusses how professional fact checkers evaluate information online and introduces three questions that are the cornerstones of civic online reasoning (COR): (1) Who’s behind the information, (2) What’s the evidence, and (3) What do other sources say? 

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