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English 6th, 7th, and 8th: Websites

Safe Searching

KidzSearch is a great resource partnered with Google that will help you find good websites on your topic. These sites have been approved by teachers and librarians across the country for their research value.

Evaluating Sources

When you want to know whether or not a resource will be useful to you, remember to think like A-CRAB. Consider the following qualities:

  • A uthority (Who is the author of the content (not the webmaster)? What organization or institution published the content?)
  • C urrency (Do you see a copyright date that is current? Are the links up to date or broken?)
  • elevance (Is the content relevant to the website and what you're researching?)
  • A ccuracy (What is the purpose of the website and web page you wish to use information from? Are the sources credited?
  • B ias (Is the information presented bias or opinion?) 

Teacher-Recommended Resources

Librarians recommend: CommonLita free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 5th-12th grade classrooms. A librarian from Tennessee, Ms. Fink, says, "Major publications such as NPR and Science News donate articles to CommonLit.  The text are paired with additional texts, media to build background knowledge, and can be annotated."