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Challenge 1: How do I navigate the overwhelming amount of information I encounter online?

Learning Targets:

  • I can explain the difference between a popular and a scholarly source.
  • I can determine if information I’m reading is a primary or secondary source.
  • I can use strategies like lateral reading to bring more variety and fact-checking into my information consumption habits.

Estimated Time: 30 minutes

Activity 1: Consider Your Sources


Check Yourself with Lateral Reading: Crash Course Navigating Digital Information #3



Reflect & Discuss

Looking at your web browser history or just thinking about the past week, make a list of five websites you recently got information from.
  • Are they popular or scholarly sources?
  • Are they primary or secondary sources?
  • Based on the video and readings, reflect on and discuss strengths and weaknesses of your current information consumption habits.


  • Complete the table below by thinking about websites or applications you currently get your information from and brainstorming two potential alternative places you could look at to confirm or contextualize that information.


  • Swap completed tables with a partner and discuss.