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Evaluation of "Fake News"

For each news item, answer the following questions.

  1. Why might someone be convinced by the news item? What might make it believable?
  2. How would you go about evaluating the claims being made in the news item? What questions would you ask? What information or evidence would you look for?

Overall Question: What might motivate someone to share one of these news items online? What ethical problems or considerations does "fake news" present?

Evaluation Criteria Activity

In your group, develop a list of at least three criteria or questions you would use to evaluate the credibility of a source. Post your criteria on this webpage.

Using your criteria, evaluate the credibility of the following two websites. Is one more credible than the other? Why or why not?


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