Critical Literacy Online

As pupils increasingly use the internet as a source of information it is important that they learn to become critical consumers of this information. Educator Kathy Schrock suggests that pupils should use the 5Ws when evaluating any website.

Who

  • Who wrote the pages and are they an expert?
  • Is a biography of the author included?
  • How can I find out more about the author?

What

  • What is the purpose of the site?
  • What makes the site easy to use?
  • What information is included and does it differ from other sites?

When

  • When was the site updated?
  • When was it last updated?

Where 

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Where can I look to find out more about the sponsor of the site?

Why

  • Why is the information useful for my purpose?
  • Why should I use this information?
  • Why is this site better than another?
In addition to this Kathy’s site contains a compilation of useful resources for evaluating web content including dummy sites, information and lesson plans. It can be found here.