Credible Resources Quest


With the growth of social media and everyone being an "expert" in everything, making sure a resource is legitimate and genuine can be tricky. Whether we realize it or not, life is all about communication and trust. People aren't just getting their information from news channels on TV or a newspaper anymore. TikTok, SnapChat, and Facebook have become go-to platforms to get current information. Not everything put out there is true and it is important to tell the difference between fun, entertaining "news" and real accounts. 


There is a sea monster in the Potomac River. This creature has earned the name, Chessie. It is up to you to prove or disprove the claim that this serpent-like creature is scaring people along the Potomac. Choose your sources wisely, synthesize (or condense and summarize) your findings, and create a power point presentation to share your information. 

Questions to answer:

  • How can the reliability of a source impact the outcome of my research?
  • How can understanding bias help me when performing research?
  • How can I use power point tools to communicate my findings in a clear and concise way?

You will work on your own during asynchronous class time to investigate the supposed existence of Chessie in the Potomac River. 

You are responsible for answering the questions above as well as these:

      Is Chessie real?
      Why are some people so sure she is real when others are not?
      What does anyone gain from her existence or lack thereof?

Do some research online and see what you can find out about this monster. Remember to verify the credibility of each source and what role it has to play in your final product. Is Chessie new, or has "evidence" of her existed almost as long as the Loch Ness Monster of Scotland? 

Use at least three different sources and discuss why you found them either valid or invalid. 

  • Is the source free from bias?
    • Does the writer have something to gain from his opinion?
  • Does the information contain facts for support?
  • Is the same information found in more than one source?
    • Can you cross reference this knowledge in more than one of your sources
  • Is contact information provided?
    • email address
    • street address
  • Is there a copyright symbol on the page? ©
  • What is the purpose of the page?
    • Entertain
    • Inform
    • Persuade
  • What is the date of the most recent publication?

There is a fork in the road ahead. Go left and you are trying to prove that Chessie is real and swimming around the Maryland border. Go right and you create a presentation proving she is not real. The sources you choose should help to prove your point, but you may also include sources that are poor (bad or not credible) in order to prove the other side of argument is weak. Be clear which is which and WHY. Your decision is your thesis statement and should be the first portion/slide of your presentation. 

To sum up:

Step 1: Decide if you believe in Chessie or not

Step 2: Find three credible sources that prove your thesis correct

Step 3: Create a power point explaining why each of those sources works

Step 4: Turn your power point in on Canvas (more detailed directions found on Canvas in the Credible Resources assignment!)


Here are some resources to get you started, but it is up to you to decide if they work or not!


Follow the rubric found on Canvas, but make sure you don't merely check off all the boxes. Go above and beyond with this interactive project.


You are now ready to explain what makes a resource authentic and credible or not, as well as whether or not a certain Sea-Monster exists in the Potomac River!