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True or False: A Web Literacy Lesson



  • Technology


  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students learn how to determine the reliability of Web site content.


Students learn to evaluate Web site content.


technology, Internet, literacy, content evaluation, media literacy, critical thinking


Lesson Plan

Depending on the number of computers available, this activity can be done as a whole class lesson, in small groups, or as independent assignments.

  • Explain to your students what fake news is and discuss ways to identify disreputable websites. Refer to The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Source Credibility for information about fakes news, suggested detection methods, and additional classroom activities. 
  • Provide each student with the URLs for the five informational Web sites above and ask students to assess the veracity of the information.
  • Ask students to examine each site and determine which sites are legitimate. Students should provide support for their conclusions.
    Note: None are legitimate.
  • Invite volunteers to share their evaluations and conclusions with their classmates.
  • Discuss with students the reasons determining the reliability of information they find on the Internet is important.


Evaluate students based on their analysis of the hoax sites.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Linda Starr


Last updated 01/27/2017