Information Processing Lesson Plan for 11th Grade Students

Topic: The reliability of information received from online sources

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to assess the reliability of information found online and understand the implications of relying on unreliable information.


  • Examples of unreliable online information (e.g. fake news stories, hoaxes, urban legends)
  • Examples of reliable online information (e.g. reputable news sources, academic databases)
  • Handouts with guidelines for assessing the reliability of online information


  • Ask students to give examples of sources of online information that they trust and sources that they mistrust.
  • Write their responses on the board and discuss as a class.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the topic of online information and explain that there is a lot of information available online, but not all of it is reliable.
  • Discuss the factors that can affect the reliability of online information, such as the source, the date, and the author.
  • Use examples to demonstrate how to evaluate online information, such as looking at the source and checking the date.

Guided Practice

  • Provide students with a few different online articles and ask them to evaluate the information in each article using the factors discussed in the introduction.
  • Have students work in small groups to share their findings and discuss whether the information in each article is reliable.

Independent Practice

  • Have students choose one topic they are interested in and do research on it using a variety of online sources.
  • Have students create a presentation in which they share the information they learned and evaluate the reliability of the sources they used. Encourage students to be critical of sources and to use their critical thinking skills to evaluate the information they received.


  • Review the importance of evaluating the reliability of online sources and the techniques students can use to do so.
  • Ask students to reflect on their own online behavior and the responsibility they have to be careful about the information they share online.


  • Collect the student-created videos and evaluation forms and use them to assess their understanding of the importance of evaluating online sources and their ability to use the techniques discussed in the lesson.?8-10 min
  • Informal observation of students during the research and video creation process can also be used to assess their understanding of the lesson.Evaluation
  • Create a rubric to assess students' videos based on their use of the techniques discussed in the lesson, the thoroughness of their evaluation of their chosen online source, and the quality of their video presentation.

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