Source Evaluation G.I.F.T.S.

GIFT-red.pngUsing Memes to Evaluate Sources and Encourage Visual Literacy
     • Students will conduct online research in order to understand the context a visual meme
     • Students will evaluate the source using the CRAAP test in order to determine its credibility

After reviewing and discussing prior knowledge of source evaluation and memes, review and discuss the evaluative criteria of the CRAAP test. Demonstrate the process for researching a meme:
     • Google the meme title
     • Identify the origin of the meme using Know Your Meme
     • Identify and use key words from Know Your Meme to search for an article that explains the meme's context

In groups of 3-4, students are given a Meme worksheet. Each group will work to research their given meme, find a source and evaluate it.

General Education Outcomes: ILc. Locate information effectively and efficiently; ILd. Evaluate information and its sources critically


Source Evaluation

info_currency.pngThe role of the informed citizen is central to a democratic society. And while information abounds, we face the real and significant challenge of sifting through and evaluating it for our particular needs.

Fake news, filter bubbles and post-truth politics make it more essential than ever that we are able to effectively seek out differing viewpoints, critically evaluate information, and understand the social, cultural, economic and political processes entwined with information production, dissemination and consumption.

In short: Where you find your information is just as important as the information you find.

This guide is designed to help you critically examine information sources for academic and everyday purposes.

For information on "Propaganda! Fact Checking, the Filter Bubble and Fake News" visit the SOS Workshop archive

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