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Evaluating Online resources using the CRAAP Test

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings research  to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings research  to life with comics and storyboards.
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Evaluating Online resources using the CRAAP Test

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The CRAAP test is a mnemonic device to evaluate online resources. Using the CRAAP test, students should focus on the currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose. Before students can use the CRAAP test, they must understand the full meaning of each step. Have students review, discuss and take notes on the complete details of the CRAAP test steps (available through a simple web search online).

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What makes an online resource valid, appropriate and "legitimate"?
  • How can you tell if a research study, news article or online article is reliable, accurate and true?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Mind Map or Timeline
    CRAAP Test Steps

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Apply CRAAP - Online News

    Complete after online research.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Apply CRAAP - Online Websites

    Complete after online research.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to illustrate the CRAAP steps for a popular blog or news source.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a classroom reference Poster to illustrate the steps of the CRAAP test.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Does the CRAAP test method make research more or less difficult? Why or why not?
  • In your opinion, does the CRAAP test leave out any important components of evaluating online resources? Why or why not?
  • How might the CRAAP test give you a deeper understanding of your research topic or even the validity of other research reports, online articles and news sources? Give specific examples.
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Pixton Activity: Evaluating Online resources using the CRAAP Test 1 CRAAP Test Steps

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Intro

Review the detailed descriptions of the elements of the CRAAP test (available online):

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Timeline that illustrates the elements of the CRAAP test:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the element.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Timeline

CRAAP Test Evaluation Criteria by Student
CurrencyThe timeliness of the information:
- When was the information published or posted?
- Has the information been revised or updated?
- Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
- Are the links functional?
RelevanceImportance of the infor for your needs:
- Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
- Who is the intended audience?
- Is information at appropriate grade level?
- Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
- Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?
AuthorityThe source of the information:
- Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
- What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
- Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
- Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
- Does the URL reveal authority of author or source? Ex: .com .edu .gov .org .net
AccuracyContent reliability, truthfulness, correctness:
- Where does the information come from?
- Is the information supported by evidence?
- Has the information been reviewed or referred?
- Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
- Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
- Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?
PurposeThe reason the information exists:
- What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
- Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
- Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
- Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
- Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?
- Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?

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Pixton Activity: Evaluating Online resources using the CRAAP Test 2 Apply CRAAP - Online News

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the detailed descriptions of the elements of the CRAAP test (available online):

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates the elements of CRAAP in an online newspaper or online news article:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the element.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Evaluating Online resources using the CRAAP Test 3 Apply CRAAP - Online Websites

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the detailed descriptions of the elements of the CRAAP test (available online):

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates the elements of CRAAP while performing online research using .gov/.edu/.gov sources:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the element.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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