Fake News Unit

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This has been a great resource to add to our Media Literacy Unit. The discussions have been fabulous with my students are we discuss fake news and the implications of it all.
This resource was so much fun! It provoked great conversations about how students perceive social media and interact online. I used it to open up my arguments unit.
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Fake News Unit PDF and Digital Editions: This resource contains 5 high-interest lessons to help students understand what fake news is and how to spot it.

  • This resource contains individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom™ as well as Google Slides™ formatted lessons for 1:1 schools.

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  • 5 Fake News Lessons
  • Student Choice
  • Detailed Teacher Lesson Plans
  • PDF and Digital Versions of the Unit
  • Individual PDFs of student pages to post to Google Classroom

Lesson Topics

  1. What is Media Literacy?
  2. What is Fake News?
  3. How to Spot Fake News.
  4. Fake News Stations (5 Different Topics)
  5. Creating Fake News Final Assignment

Teacher Feedback

  1. "This was a great resource - especially during these times! My students would constantly talk about fake news but did not fully understand what it was, until now!"
  2. "Very engaging! Excellent literacy resource - like all of your other products. With today's political climate and increasing reliance on social media for news and the reach of information, this unit is perfect! Just what students need. Thank you!"
  3. "My students had so much fun with this! So engaging!"
  4. “Students LOVED this unit.  Each lesson is easy to teach and engaged students!  Students think critically and question media sources.  Many comments from parents about how impressed they were with this unit!”
  5. “Such a fun media literacy resource! Great for engaging in media literacy while teaching students to not believe everything they read or see on the internet.” 
  6. “Thanks for another engaging Media Literacy Unit. The activities in this unit really challenged the kids to reflect on messages that they see in the media and helped them move toward being more media savvy.”

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Total Pages
105 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.


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