Media Literacy

Digital literacy has become an important topic in both academic and non-academic settings. What is digital literacy? Why is it important to have digital literacy? What are some tools we can use to evaluate the credibility of online articles or websites we use? In this unit, we have been exploring these questions by reading, writing, and discussing the topic in depth.

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Grammar: Noun clauses, direct quotes, indirect quotes
MLA in-text citations

Prompt: Write an essay evaluating an article or a website about a topic you are most interested in investigating. Using at least 3 aspects of the CRAAP test, make an in-depth analysis of the credibility of the online source you’ve chosen and make a final determination on whether or not the online source passed or failed the CRAAP test. In your analysis and evaluation, do not simply answer the questions from the CRAPP test. Instead, go deeper by explaining why the questions you are asking in your evaluation are important to test the credibility of the source. You must use 2 quotes or paraphrases from the online source you are evaluating and in-text citations following MLA guidelines. The essay is worth 15% of your final grade. It must be submitted on Canvas using Turn It In.

To develop your essay, make sure you understand the readings we have covered and choose your source wisely.

Your introduction needs to have an interesting hook to catch the reader’s attention, background information to introduce the topic of Media Literacy (What should we be aware of in Media Literacy?) and specify your source and the topic, and a clear thesis statement that outlines the topic and provides a purpose for the essay.

Your body paragraphs should begin with a clear topic sentence with a controlling idea that introduces the aspect of the CRAAP test you are using to evaluate your source. You will need to integrate two different ideas using direct speech (quotations) from the article/website you have selected. One way to do this is to bring up a certain idea brought up in the article, and then use that point as a basis of analysis for an aspect of the CRAAP test. This way, your analysis will be built into your writing (think quote sandwich). Remember, you’re not simply answering the questions from CRAAP test; explaining why the questions you are asking in your evaluation are important to test the credibility of the source. You should reference the Media Literacy Article as well.

Your conclusion will summarize your findings and determinations, and lay out an argument for why the aspects you used in the essay are a valid way to determine reliability. You should make a statement about the importance of Media Literacy and how readers can protect themselves against fake news and yellow journalism. You can also give your opinion about the topic here.

Remember to follow the Rubric:

Digital Literacy Rubric Spring 2020 ESL 80



Interesting Title: The title is catchy, which causes the reader to want to read the essay. This title does not put the reader to sleep (no yawning!)


Thesis: The essay’s thesis clearly states the subject and controlling idea.


Ideas: The writer incorporated ideas from three different measuring aspects from the CRAAP test about how to analyze the reliability of the source. Writer includes Media Literacy Article and topic in Introduction and Conclusion.


The writer successfully integrates two quotes into the essay. The author introduces the quotes properly, uses smooth transitions, and uses the analysis of the quote to help determine reliability of the source. The quote does not seem out of place or off-topic.


Total for ideas



Introduction: The opening paragraph catches the reader’s interest by 1) using a hook, 2) introduces the subject, and 3) finally leads to a thesis.


Order: The body paragraphs begin with a clear topic sentence that includes the topic and the controlling idea. The paragraphs are written in a logical way that enables the reader to follow the writer’s chain of thoughts.


Coherence: Paragraphs are linked with repetition, references to preceding words or ideas, and transitional expressions.


Conclusion: The essay’s conclusion lays out an argument for why the aspects you used in the essay are a valid way to determine reliability and why Media Literacy is important.


Total for Organization

Grammar & Mechanics


The essay is free from grammatical errors. The student proof-read (edited) the essay for grammatical problems. The student read the essay backwards (from bottom to top) to help catch grammatical errors


The essay displays correct use of noun clause/reporting verb/punctuation related to the two quotations from outside sources


Total for Grammar & Mechanics

Format & Process


Correct use of MLA formatting (heading, font, indentation, spacing, page numbers)


Total for Format and Process


Total Points

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