The Paint Chip Test: Finding Credible Sources- Digital and Paper/Pencil
This multi-formatted document will help your secondary students find the credible sources they need to write academic research reports, speeches, or essays. Students use this simple scale set up as a paint chip to evaluate a source. Then they justify their choices in a paragraph.
Use the pencil/paper version, the Google Doc link to copy, or the fill-in form on your LMS for in-class work, flipped work, or digital learning days. Edit it as you need to.
Once you train your students, they will be able to run "The Paint Chip Test" to determine whether a source has strong ethos without your input.
Finally, students will have a guide to determining which online sources are appropriate to use in a term paper, research paper or essay. Perfect to enlarge and post on the wall, "The Paint Chip Test" will soon become a synonym in your classroom for finding a credible source and a reliable source.
A holistic paragraph scale is included.
Category: ELA → Writing