Before reading any online source, students need to ask a fundamental question: Who is the author? In this task, students examine the headline of an article about millennials’ money habits that is “presented by” Bank of America and written by a bank executive. The task assesses a student’s ability to recognize the source of the article and address why a sponsored post by a bank executive on this topic might be problematic.
Successful students recognize the source of the article (that it is presented by Bank of America and written by a Bank of America executive). They then explain why the conflict of interest between the source and topic of the article might lead to questions about the credibility of the information contained therein.