Problem: You’re out having dinner with two of your good friends. You bring up how you have tried so many different diets, but still can’t seem to lose any weight and feel tired all the time. One of your friends starts touting the Paleo diet as the perfect solution, while your other friend disagrees, saying ZapIt!, a new quick fat loss pill, they recently tried is your best bet. You’ve heard a little bit about both, but really don’t know if either is a good choice for you and feel like you need more information about them before you decide what to try. Gather information you need to make an informed decision about which approach to take to help you lose weight and feel healthy, whether it be Paleo, ZapIt!, or something else altogether?
Criteria & Standards
Main Learning Goal: Locate information on a topic from trustworthy, non-biased sources and authors.
Criteria 1: A variety of quality information sources have been located on a topic.
Exceptional: 5+ resources from scholarly journals, government or trustworthy medical sites have been located.
Acceptable: 3 or less resources, at least two from a scholarly journal, government or trustworthy medical sites have been located.
Poor: 2 or less resources, zero from a scholarly journal, government or trustworthy medical site have been located.
Criteria 2: Provides evidence an information source has been evaluated and deemed trustworthy.
Exceptional: Provides evidence the author/s is/are respected in the field and has/have published additional articles that have been referenced in published scholarly articles.
Poor: Provides no evidence the author/s is/are respected in the field and has/have published additional articles that have been referenced in published scholarly articles.
Provide a list of quality, trustworthy sources on the topic and have students compare their sources to it. Ask students to reflect on the information they found and decide if they feel they can use it to make an informed decision. If not, why not?
Ask for students to enter specific characteristics of an information source (where it was located, scholarly/peer-reviewed article, date published, etc.) and provide a scale for evaluating their source based on the characteristics. Explain clearly why or why not a characteristic helps to qualify a source as trustworthy or not and provide additional suggestions for evaluating a source.