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Evaluating Science in the News
In this activity, students evaluate a science news article to determine whether it is a trustworthy source of information.
Science news articles are a great way to learn about new ideas, discoveries, and research. However, it’s important to evaluate the authority and credibility of sources of information. In this activity, students practice their reading comprehension and source evaluation skills by answering a series of questions about a science news article. They then synthesize their answers to determine whether the article is trustworthy. This activity can be used with any print or online news articles.
Two versions of the “Student Handout” are available for this activity. The short handout focuses on evaluating a science news article, and the extended handout also has students respond to the ideas presented in the article. The additional “Criteria for Evaluating Sources” handout provides more questions for evaluating sources of information based on the CRAP (Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose) test.
Student Learning Targets
- Evaluate the currency, reliability, authority, and purpose of a source of information.
- Justify the reasoning used to determine whether a source of information is trustworthy.
- (extended handout only) Identify the main idea and supporting details of a science news article.
- (extended handout only) Respond to the ideas presented in a science news article.
authority, bias, CRAP test, currency, evidence, reliability, scientific literacy
Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
AP Biology (2019)
Common Core (2010)
Vision and Change (2009)