Evaluating a news article
How does it work?
The NewsBug activity allows pupils to evaluate a piece of text and decide if it "stands up".
Using it in class?
This looks like an ideal activity for beginning the process of assessing secondary evidence - as this is something that students struggle with and is clearly needed for the current generation of controlled assessments and for exams.
I can see how this can be used to evaluate science articles taken from newspapers and support students with the concept of secondary evidence being fit for purpose.
I can also see using it with the markscheme for extended writing or conclusions, using different questions directly linked to the generic markscheme for pupils to mark exemplar pieces of work, or I am thinking with older students this could be used as peer assessment.
Printed out: 1 NewsBug and 1 set of cards per group.
Time-frame (how long might the activity last)?
20 minutes plus time for pupils to feedback their findings
The book that this has come from is "Newswise" from the ASE more can be found about this book here: Science newswise 2
Ruth Jarman and Billy McClune
Hatfield, UK: Association for Science Education 2011 | Pp180 | ISBN9780863574306