Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Election Comparisons

This year I am working with a small group (15) of 4th grade kids each week expanding on their weekly Scholastic News integrating some of the Information Skills Essential Standards. This was our first session, and we focused on an article in this edition comparing Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. We started by talking about who was presenting the information and did it seem like fair information for both parties. Then, we talked about and looked at websites such as an online encyclopedia entry about President Obama, wikipedia entries on both candidates, and each candidate's own election websites. While doing so, we talked about considering the source of information for each type of site and the purpose of each site to look for bias in the information it presented. Finally, we used this ReadWriteThink site to create a Venn diagram comparing the two candidates. Here are some of the kids in action.

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