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Library Workshops

Evaluation Activity

Verify the LANGUAGE used
Read or skim each website, Site A and Site B, focusing on the words and tone used by the writers.

  1. How would you describe the language used in the article? Are the descriptions straightforward and factual, or exaggerated in any way? Does anything feel strange or "off" about the tone? Choose one of the following descriptors, or use your own...
    casual, conversational professional, informative, neutral
    humorous, amusing, comic formal, scientific, technical
    angry, critical, sarcastic forceful, aggressive, strong
  2. What clues/indicators make you think this?

Verify the INTENT of the site
Look at each website, Site A and Site B, for links labeled "About" or "Disclaimers" (often found at the very top or very bottom of the page).

  1. What is the mission of the hosting organization? To share objective reports? To sell a product, to advocate for a position, or to provide entertainment? Something else? 
  2. How long has the organization been operating?
  3. Do journalists work for this organization? (Hint: they may also be called "reporters" or "editors.") Have they won any awards? What other organizations do they write for? Have you ever heard of those organizations?

Verify the EVIDENCE shared
Read or skim each website, Site A and Site B, focusing on the evidence shared by the writers.

  1. If quotations are provided, by who? Is their experience and expertise strong for this topic? Why or why not?
  2. Are hyperlinks shared? When you click on them, what web sites do they direct to? Do the linked sites seem relevant, helpful, and trustworthy? Why or why not? Name specific clues/indicators.

Verify OTHER COVERAGE of this topic in the media

  1. Site A claims that the U.S. Department of Defense developed a video game called American Drone Pilot that lets regular people pilot drones in real-time combat. Review this Google search to see if this was reported by any other media or news outlets. How many of these sites mention a video game called American Drone Pilot that can be played by the general public? What are the names of the organizations that host those sites?
  2. Site B claims that a company called ZipLine is using drones to deliver blood and medical supplies in Rwanda. Review this Google search to see if this was reported by any other media or news outlets. How many of these sites mention ZipLine and their work in Africa? What are the names of the organizations that host those sites?
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