Author:
Jodie Morgenson
Subject:
Literature, Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School, High School
Grade:
8, 9
Tags:
  • Credible Sources
  • ELA
  • Evaluating Sources
  • Fake News
  • Informational Text
  • Media Literacy
  • NE ELA
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • ela
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Video

    Education Standards

    Media Literacy: Real vs Fake News

    Media Literacy: Real vs Fake News

    Overview

    In this lesson, students will develop media literacy skills by analyzing and evaluating real versus fake news sources. Students learn how to identify various types of fakes news and apply critical thinking to evaluate if the information is reliable and unreliable.

    Image attribution: https://flic.kr/p/XKaGVH

    Credibility

    Questions to Ponder:

    • What does it mean for a source to be credible?
    • How can you spot a fake news story or photo?

    How Can You Tell?

    This video is obviously a fake story, but someone went to great lengths to make is seem REAL. This will give you an opportunity to discuss why and how different people/organizations do this sort of thing.

    Watch the following video and determine if it is "fake" or "real" news?

    Once you've decided, be prepared to explain HOW you determined whether or not it was an authentic news story.