Author:
Lesley James
Subject:
Information Science, Communication, Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan, Unit of Study
Level:
High School
Tags:
Civic Online Reasoning, Information Literacy, Lateral Reading, Media Literacy, SHEG, Stanford History Education Group, civic-online-reasoning, sheg, stanford-history-education-group, wa-dcml
License:
Creative Commons Attribution
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Text/HTML

Education Standards

Civic Online Reasoning Website Guidance

Civic Online Reasoning Website Guidance

Overview

This guide walks you through the Civic Online Reasoning curriculum from the Stanford History Education Group. Their extensive suite of lessons and assessments helps students acquire skills for thinking critically about the information they find online. The target audience is high school but some lessons can be adapted for younger students. 

Civic Online Reasoning | Stanford History Education Group

Link to website

Purpose of Website

Their stated mission: "Students are confused about how to evaluate online information. We all are. The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world.”

The COR curriculum is one of many resources available from the Stanford History Education Group, a research and development group at Stanford University.

The lessons are aimed at high school students but some of them can be adapted for younger students.

Site Navigation Strategy

According to the site: “Download a single lesson or the full curriculum. Either way, you get classroom-ready materials. Integrate lesson plans into existing curriculum or teach as a separate module.

You can explore the entire curriculum, which is organized around 3 questions:

  • Who’s behind the information?
  • What’s the evidence?
  • What do other sources say?

Or you can look at just the lessons or just the assessments, which were made to be used with specific lessons but can also be used independently.

The curriculum can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s good that it has also been curated into collections, which currently include:

  • Intro lessons
  • Teaching lateral reading
  • A little of everything
  • COR for the science classroom
  • COR for the history classroom

Each lesson includes a slide deck, a full “script” for teachers to use, and all the necessary handouts.

Many of the lessons have a Level 1 and a Level 2 version for differentiation purposes.

If you’re pressed for time, there’s a series of 3 lessons that touch on the main points called “Saturday School.”

Additional Resources

There’s a collection of videos, which includes the “Navigating Digital Information” series developed in collaboration with John Green’s Crash Course.

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Attribution and License

Attribution

Image and Mission by Stanford History Education Group. Used pursuant to fair use.

License

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