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3b. Knowledge Constructor | English Language Arts | Grades 6-12

Instructional Idea

To develop students’ research skills, teachers present students with a series of statements thematically related to a topic of study, with some statements being true and some being false. Students are then tasked to locate digital information that either supports the statement as being credible or discredits them. Students are to record the process they used to locate the information they used to prove or discredit the statements along with explaining how the information they located proves or discredits them.

EdTech for Assessing the Credibility of Sources and Discredited Claims

A list of commonly assumed true facts that are actually false. Teachers can draw from this list to help locate statements that are commonly thought to be true, but are actually false.


A list of currently trending stories that are checked for accuracy. Teachers can browse this website to locate trending topics that might be consider true but are actually false, or vice versa!


A series of questions that can be applied to different texts and sources to determine their credibility. Teachers can use this website to introduce the CRAAP test to their students, with the goal of building the “habit of mind” to use this method when evaluating a source’s credibility and accuracy.


Student Objective



This teaching strategy requires students to analyze the credibility of statements presented to them by searching for additional resources that confirm or dismiss the statements' credibility and then share their findings along with the process they used in order to arrive at them.

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