listed many things such as: reliable source, real author, watch for lots of capitals or punctuation, check the date, see whose perspective the story is told from, and is this in line with other sources that we have researched.
Students also used this recording sheet from Scholastic News to help them with guiding questions as they reviewed articles.
I will admit, I had a hard time not laughing when they were saying things like, "Come on, this is ridiculous!" or "This is not news". I said, "We see lots of things on tv news programs that are not news but rather are feel good stories and human interest stories".
We had just read about Malcolm X; love that students remembered his real name-- Malcolm Little.