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WAK ENG 101: College Writing and Critical Reading: Evaluating Sources

Rhetorical Analysis of a Website

21st Century Skills: Practicing Online Civic Reasoning

In 2016 researchers from Stanford University published a study that found most teens couldn’t tell the difference between news sources and advertisements.

The Researchers conclude that skills like investigating a source’s creator and comparing information across multiple sources are essential practices for responsible digital citizenship.

1. Listen

Listen to the All Things Considered “4 Minute Listen” interview with Sanford professor Dr. Sam Wineburg,  then consider the reflection questions below. Stanford Study finds most students vulnerable to fake news

(transcript of audio available on segment webpage).

2. Discuss

  • What if you were really interested in a specific article, but you weren't sure if it was trustworthy. What would you do to decide if its information was reliable?