Lesson Plan Details


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
Price: $4.50

This lesson plan costs $4.50

About the Teacher


Barbara Miller

I have taught English/Language Arts for over twenty years to remedial through gifted students from 7th to 12th grade, AP/dual credit university courses in three corporations and at one university. During my career, I have supervised and taught several student teachers and numerous pre-service teachers. Project Based Learning and choices that fit or extend learning styles and intelligences make my classroom activities engaging for students and filled with opportunities for academic growth. Many teacher professional development programs have supported my work. I hold an M.A. in Education and an Indiana High Ability Teaching License, am a Teacher Consultant for Indiana Writing Project, and have participated in many educator programs sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, National Consortium for the Teaching of Asia, National Endowment for the Humanities, US Department of State, Korea Academy for Educators, and Toyota International Teachers, among others. Additionally, I have been awarded many grants for classroom and school-wide projects, ranging from hundreds of dollars to $250,000. In addition, I have conducted professional development on writing workshop and differentiation in my own school, at conferences and events, and at schools in Peru and India. I am currently writing about my ancestors who taught Freedmen after the Civil War.


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