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This ten-lesson unit is designed to train secondary students to evaluate source credibility and recognize questionable content and “fake news” on the Internet. It is provided in both Google Slides and PDF.
✿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: Reliability and Bias
Students will learn to use the Media Bias Chart to evaluate reliability and bias. ✿Lesson 6: Loaded Language and Faulty Reasoning
Students will learn to look for emotional, charged language and logical fallacies.
✿Lesson 7: Deep Fakes and Photoshop
Students will be exposed to deep fakes and Photoshop and the way they are used to deceive audiences.
✿Lesson 8: Fact Checking and Source Tracking
Students will learn to trace the original source of information and check the facts contained within it.
✿Lesson 9: Context
Students will learn to analyze the context of a fact to make decisions about veracity.
✿Lesson 10: 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.
All materials are available on Google Slides. The link is provided in the file upon download.
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