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Critical Thinking Activities & Skills: Digital Literacy In The Age Of Fake News

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Want to teach your students how to stop the spread of fake news on social media but don't have the time to develop a lesson plan on this new and ever-developing topic?

Included in this resource is everything your students need to know about fake news and the new media literacy.

You would think students who have grown up with the internet would easily navigate everything it has to offer, but according to a study done by Stanford researchers, that couldn't be further from the truth. Researchers describe the results of the study done on middle school, high school, and college students across the country “in one word: bleak.” Additionally, as students will learn in the lessons included here, events such as a man firing an assault-style weapon at a New York pizza restaurant demonstrate that fake news can have very real effects.

The good news is that you can do something about this.

When students have the skills to tell the difference between an advertisement and an editorial, they might not be tricked into buying products that they don't need and they can’t afford.

When teenagers know how to tell if they can trust a tweet, they won't inadvertently retweet a damaging story about an innocent individual.

If future or current voters know how to check on news stories that they read on Facebook, they won’t decide on candidates with information from fake news.

The three-part lesson plans included here will take students through the process of identifying what they know, understanding the impact of fake news and viral sharing on the real world, looking at the way that quality journalism is constructed, and learning what they need to know to be responsible consumers of media.

In all, there is enough for a week’s worth of lesson plans including:

—an engaging introductory “quiz” for students to see what they need to know

—questions for close reading on two compelling and contemporary non-fiction articles

—an extensive answer key for both sets of questions

—handouts and rubrics for a cooperative group presentation project

—information on how to examine and verify media including advertisements, photographs, Facebook, Twitter, news articles, and news websites

—a rubric to grade the presentations from the project

—a final quiz to assess what students have learned.

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