Conduct a Comparison Compare and contrast the information found in three different resources.
Ask yourself about authority, objectivity, reliability, and relevance.
Ideas: - Look for current and dated information on social studies, science, or health topics that have changed recently such as the number of planets.
Go to the Wikipedia: Current Event page to see a list of those articles that are currently changing as the event unfolds.
The author of the page and the webmaster may or may not be the same person. Students will be amazed at the range of answers that will be provided. In other words, there should be three independent resources confirming each pieces of questionable data. For example, if students are creating a graphic organizer, they could star each item that has been doubled or triple checked.
For information about the content of the page, look for a link to an author biography, philosophy, or background information. This information is generally at the bottom of each page or at least the first page of the website. Some webmasters post anything that's given to them, while others are experts in a content area field. Another way to learn more about a website is to see "who links to them" and "who they link to." Use a search engine to search for the "URL" or author of the website in question. Consider using a variety of information formats including encyclopedia, magazine articles, videos, experts, and web pages.
Use these websites to help your students identify fact and fiction.