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These tutorials were developed from Mike Caulfield's "Check, Please!" SIFT course, and have been adapted for SMSU students. All students enrolled in LEP 101 since Fall 2020 have been asked to take these tutorials.
Misinformation Further Reading
“We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.”
“Headquartered at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FlackCheck.org is the political literacy companion site to the award-winning FactCheck.org. The site provides resources designed to help viewers recognize flaws in arguments in general and political ads in particular. Video resources point out deception and incivility in political rhetoric.”
“Fact-checking journalism is the heart of PolitiFact. Our core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. The reason we publish is to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy."
"The oldest and largest fact-checking site online, widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and readers as an invaluable research companion."
Additional Exercises to Practice SIFT
Below you'll find a number of exercises you can use in your classroom to reinforce the habits of SIFT.
Each of these rely on the use of a "notebook" model, in which students keep a record of their responses and activities in a standardized way. You can find a suggestion for how to assign and describe notebook activities on this page in the "Setting up a 'Notebook'" box.
You can also adapt these exercises to guide in-class discussions or other activities that make sense in your instructional spaces.
Feel free to contact any of the librarians (email@example.com) with any questions!
AllSides gives perspectives of the day's headlines from right, left, and center perspectives.
Political Polarization from the Pew Research Center
"Political polarization – the vast and growing gap between liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of American politics today, and one the Pew Research Center has documented for many years."
"Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy."
Hapgood- Mike Caulfield's Blog
Mike Caulfield, one of the creators of the SIFT Method, describes how it works in his own words.
Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
This OER textbook, a Mike Caulfield creation, walks students through the steps of SIFT and discusses the importance of fact-checking.
Civic Online Reasoning Curriculum
This collection, from Stanford History Education Group, "provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world."
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