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This five-lesson unit is designed to train secondary students to evaluate source credibility and recognize questionable content and “fake news” on the Internet.
✿Lesson 1: The Problem
Students will learn relevant terminology and apply it to an article about students’ inability to distinguish the real from the fake.
✿Lesson 2: Headlines and Sponsored Content
Students will learn to analyze the language of headlines and evaluate sites based on native ads and other sponsored content.
✿Lesson 3: Spin
Students will compare and contrast how different outlets present and interpret facts.
✿Lesson 4: Hoax Sites and Satire
Students will study the characteristics of sites designed specifically to create fake news for different purposes.
✿Lesson 5: Culminating Project
Students will complete one of three projects in order to demonstrate their learning or extend their knowledge. Each student may create an infographic, create and track a fake news story, or research the consequences of fake news.
The seven student handouts are available on Google Slides. The link is provided in the file upon download.
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