Have you ever wondered how false news makes such big headlines? Circular reporting, or false confirmation, is the term used to show how information spreads and becomes truth. This active learning, critical thinking, visual lesson plan and presentation introduces students to how we believe, and how false news spreads, as well as introduces how to define research sources. Students learn about primary, secondary, and tertiary sources for research and writing. Contains upper level current events content; use with appropriate ages and grades.
Activities and Lesson Plan Includes:
Teacher Lesson Plans with Step-by-Step Discussion Guide
Evaluating Valid Information (Dr. Jeremy Dean)
Class Poll: Gullible or Skeptical?
False Advertisement by April Uno about Phillip Morris (Marijuana)
Descartes and Spinoza 17th Century Debate on How We Believe
Daniel Gilbert's 1993 Robbery Study
Define: Circular Reporting and False Confirmation
How False Information is Circulated
1994 Microsoft Hoax
Benghazi and False Reporting
Examples of False Information Reported as Truth
How to Avoid Circular Reporting
Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources (with labeling activity)
Re-evaluating Beliefs and Class Poll
Discussion Questions on Citing Sources and Social Media
Optional Activities: Classic Telephone Game, Class Debate and Jury Trial, Evaluating Websites
Excellent for teaching fact-based information, citing sources, propaganda in the news, journalism reporting, beliefs/ethics/morals, AP courses, Dual Credit, Philosophy. Lots of engaging, critical thinking activities for debates and discussions. Meets CCSS ELA.