Critical Thinking: Fake News, Social Media vs the News (6Cs Critical Thinking D)

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  1. 24 Critical Thinking lessons. Explore fake news, point of view, bias, social media vs traditional news. Detailed lesson plan with discussion points, review questions, slideshow lesson, handouts and activities. IN PERSON or ONLINE LEARNING. Version 2021-11-08 UPDATE: This product is currently on sale
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Students compare the reliability of information from Social Media and Traditional News Media. 

Three critical thinking strategies help students make more informed decisions.

Students also reflect on how their attitudes change as they learn more information. 

In this lesson, students try to

  • be OPEN-MINDED as they explore different points of view and examples.

  • become FULL-MINDED and explore how money is made online through ads before learning about Fake News websites during the Trump election.

  • USE CRITERIA to determine if local news anchors reciting the same script about the dangers of social media is an example of Fake News.

Media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Common Core State Standards rather than treated in a separate section.

In this lesson, students will

  • Cite the evidence that supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly and implicitly.

  • Determine and analyze different points of view.

  • Analyze a case where multiple sources provide conflicting information on the same topic (Sinclair incident.)

NOTE: This is Section D of the 6Cs Critical Thinking unit.

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  • All of the files you need to teach Fake News are in a ZIP file.

  • The File Table of Contents PDF (in the zipped folder) contains the links to get the Google Docs / Slides files.

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✅ Comprehensive lesson plan, script, and discussion questions (59 pages.)

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