Ch 6: Accounts in Different Mediums: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.7

About This Chapter

Help your students understand how to incorporate diverse sources during their research with these lessons supporting the Common Core State Standards for grades 11-12 informational texts. Conduct the activities below as ways to introduce these core concepts in class.

Standard: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.7)

About This Chapter

Students who have achieved mastery of these lessons should be able to analyze data across several written and audio/visual mediums. They can establish criteria for evaluating the usefulness of a given source and strategies for comparing/contrasting that source with sources in other media. The topics taught in this set of lessons include:

  • How to use alternative nonfiction mediums
  • Comparing information from different mediums
  • Using information from different source types
  • Types of effective sources

Achievement of this standard will be demonstrated as students actively search beyond only written material for support of their arguments and corroboration of other sources. They will be critical of sources, choosing ones that are credible and relevant to their research. Your students should show a measurable increase in the breadth of the net they cast when looking for specific information.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Here are a couple quick activity ideas to help use these lessons to meet the Common Core standard above.

Internet search practice

Review the lessons in class with your students. Then divide the class into small groups and give each group a research topic. Instruct them to find several potential sources on that topic from at least three different mediums. Then have them profile each source, briefly describing the author, organization hosting the content, and whether their information may be biased by their organizational objectives. They should finish each profile with a succinct evaluation of whether the source would be appropriate to their research or not.

Media fact-checking

Have students watch a news broadcast at home, making sure they choose one that does not simply relate a series of events but provides some kind of commentary or opinion. Instruct them to seek out other sources in written, graphic, and/or multimedia formats to confirm or deny the claims made on the news broadcast. Were the claims used as supporting evidence in the broadcast valid? Did they tell the entire story?

Comparison practice

Present source materials on a given topic to your students in class, ensuring several media formats are represented. Discuss as a class how each format supported the information and whether one was more effective at presenting the information than another. Which elements would they use from each in their own academic papers?

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