Room #1: Michael Jordan
Room #2: Hamilton (the musical)
Room #3: Tik-Tok
1. Subject Area: (10 Minutes)
- These topics are rather large. Is there one area we want to focus on more than others?
- Narrowing the topic is absolutely necessary when you do research! If your topic is too large you end up with an essay that has no depth.
- "Also, be prepared to jump subject areas. You may begin researching and find more promising territory"
- You are looking to learn new stuff. Don't focus on what you already know.
- For this research feel free to use Google, but remember what we talked about related to credible sources.
- You can also try the library reference databases for sources here:
- Credo Reference
Credo Reference contains dictionaries, general and subject encyclopedias, biographies, handbooks, atlases, and more.
Gale eBooks is a collection of full-text e-books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more.
- Credo Reference
- Each person in the group should try to find one source of information that talks about your subject.
- Each group member will skim their source and report to the group something NEW they learning about the subject area.
- You may have never done this before and that is ok. This is practice, there is no grading here.
- Use Purdue Owl to create an MLA citation for one of your group's sources.
Gather the following for a report back to the class: (20 Minutes)
1. What subject did you research and how did you narrow it down?
2. Where were your sources from? (what website for example)
3.Take ONE fact that a group member learned and come up with a trivia question for it.
4. Put your MLA Citation here.
Our Sample Article: Medical Shocker: Scientists at Sloan Kettering Discover mRNA inactivates tumor-suppressing proteins, meaning it can promote cancer
1. Check fact-checking Sites
2. Go upstream from the source
- Can we find the original source of the information?
- What does the article say about where it got its information?
- Is the source taken out of context?
- Does the source even exist?
3. Read Laterally
- What can you find out about the news site the information is posted on?
- What do you know about the author of the article?
- Do other news sources have similar stories (can you corroborate the information)?
Tips for Spotting Fake News
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