E1-2.2 Compare/contrast information
within and across texts to draw
conclusions and make inferences.
E1-2.3 Analyze informational texts for
author bias (including word choice, the
exclusion and inclusion of particular
information, and unsupported opinions).
E1-2.7 Analyze propaganda techniques
in informational texts.
There was a student named Zack
Zack didn’t know much about finding
our information on the Internet and
made a HUGE mistake!
Fourteen year old: “I’m working on a
history paper about how the Holocaust
Long pause. “Zack, where did you hear
that the Holocaust didn’t happen?”
“The Internet. It’s on a Web page at
There are steps to take to ensure what
you find is legitimate (genuine, legal,
1. Always check more than one source
2. Make sure that if a source is the only
one making the claim, you do not use it!
3. Validate the information by cross
checking with other reputable sites
4. Check on who the author of the site
5. Discover the purpose of the site: what is
the author trying to say?
› To sell products
› To inform
› To persuade or advocate
› To entertain
Let’s check on Arthur Butz to see where
his name shows up….
ABC news aired a show on “slurls”, a
hybrid name for slur + url. These are
accidents waiting to happen.
Did you ever perform a search only to
find things like this?...
www.childrenslaughter.com -- The
website for The Children's Laughter
Foundation in Dallas, Texas.
www.amigonefuneralhome.com -- The
website for the family-owned Amigone
Funeral Home Inc., a Western New York
funeral services provider.
Now it is your turn…Find a reputable web
site that provides unbiased information
on the following topics: (select one)
› The effects of Lung cancer on the body
› Hip-hop music
› Renaissance artists
› Caring for cats
› Making a wooden picnic table
Trust no one!
Double check your sources
Do a background search on the author
Define the purpose of the site
Check with a teacher if you are not sure