8E Literacy – April 20 – How do we back up what we write?

Hey class!

Today we’re going to learn about an important skill when creating non-fiction documents: sourcing.

Sourcing is how we collect and communicate the information we use.

First, we’ll look at where we can find information. Some sources are better (more reliable) than others.

Open the Source Credibility Form and rate each source on a scale from 0 (least reliable) to 5 (rock solid truth). A score of 3 or more would be given to anything you think is a good source.


– What was rated highest? What was rated lowest?
– Did anyone not give any 5s (Rock Solid Truth)? Did anyone not give any 0s?
– How many people rated The New York Times as more reliable than the Hamilton Spectator?
– What is Twitter good for? 
– Not all Wikipedia pages are created equal (HDI vs. WASP-22b)
– Why might a book not be reliable? 
– Why might a newspaper not be reliable?
– Why might Ask Yahoo not be reliable?

Big Idea: Your information should come from reliable and identifiable sources. Opinions are biased.

Once we have selected our sources, we must communicate and give credit for them. This is called a bibliography or list of works cited. The formal way for making this is called MLA.

We’ll use the templates to make 2 examples: a book and an encyclopedia article from an online database.

Use any remaining time to write the list of works cited used to make your political posters (digital document is fine). This is to be submitted with your political poster.

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