Social Studies Skills And MethodsPresentation Transcript
Social Studies Skills and Methods Evaluating Information
Learning Targets: A. Understand uses of Propaganda and Bias B. Analyze Reliability of Sources C. Determine the Credibility of Sources considering 1. reputation of writer 2. agreement with other sources 3. recognition of stereotypes 4. accuracy and consistency 5. circumstances
Credibility of Information
Look for the author’s qualifications and their reputation.
Does the source agree with other sources?—Proof!
Watch for stereotyping -a commonly held idea or image of a person or group based on generalizations that are often negative and not necessarily true.
Racial, gender, and age-related stereotyping are the most commonly seen biases
Point of view
Accuracy and Consistency
How up-to-date is the information?
How complete is the information in the source?
Look for references, footnotes, bibliography, etc.
Question consistency if you come across contradictions within a source
Knowing the circumstances (context) in which an author wrote can be helpful in determining if the writing might be biased
Time period, political or social climate, etc.
Analyzing and Critiquing Evidence
Emotions vs. Evidence
Read the following paragraphs about handgun control.
Is Handgun Control Discriminatory?
If You Don’t Have It, You Can’t Use It.
Find 1 article-must be more than 10 paragraphs long