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Civic Online Reasoning

The Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) has crafted this collection of Civic Online Reasoning assessments intended to help students and the generally curious learn to critically evaluate and "judge the credibility of digital information about social and political issues." These resources address many types of digital spaces where people are likely to encounter assertions that warrant careful thought rather than immediate acceptance, including videos shared on social media, discussions in a website's comments section, and articles on Wikipedia. Civic Online Reasoning's assessments are organized into three different competencies: Who is the source of the information; what is the evidence; and what do other sources say? Some assessments are available as Google Docs, while others can be downloaded as PDF files. A preview of each assessment is available to all site visitors; those interested in accessing or downloading the assessments and their corresponding rubrics will need to create a free account. SHEG is creating a set of lesson plans to accompany these assessments that is due for release in the fall of 2019, so this resource is one worth bookmarking for the future.
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