For Teachers
Intro Question 1 Question 2 Question 3 Question 4 Vocabulary Your Turn

Question 1: Who is the Author?

Photo George Washington from a dollar bill


Who wrote the site? Is the author's name listed on the site? Check at the bottom of the home page or under the About Us link found on many sites.

Is there a link to the author's email address? Anyone can get an email address, too. What happens if you try to email the author? Does the author answer your email? Does the email bounce?

Where does the author work? Are the author's work address and phone number listed on the website. Finding this information on the site can help you to decide whether or not to believe what you read on the site.

Does the author belong to an organization that is trusted? Look at the part of the website's address that comes after the dot:

.gov — (government)
.edu — (education … usually a university)
.org — (organization)
.com — (commercial)
.net — (network)

Do you think that a site made by someone who works for the government or a university should always be trusted? That is usually the case, but you might still want to look for more information to be sure. Look for a tilde (~) in the website's address. The tilde means that it is the author's own web page on the university server. It is not an official web page from the university.

Is the author an expert on the topic of the website? Look for information about the author's background. You can usually find this kind of information on the About Us page of a website.

Task 1: Take a look at the following two websites about money. Which one would you believe? Why? Ask yourself all of the questions that are listed above while you look at these two sites. Discuss what you find.