Fake News Unit | Critical Thinking | Media Literacy | Fact Analysis & Research

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So helpful in making students think about what they are watching and hearing. This helps them ss not everything is real and they need to evaluate
This lesson was by far one of the most successful yet I have used on TPT. Even my least motivated students were extremely engaged with this activity. I am proud of their final work.
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Teaching students to navigate news and information on mainstream, traditional and social media as critical thinkers is an essential skill for 2023. It is becoming increasingly difficult to separate FACTS and OPINIONS, SATIRE from LIES, and PERSUASION from PROPAGANDA in the "MISINFORMATION:" era

A well-grounded understanding of MEDIA-LITERACY is crucial in stopping FAKE NEWS and RADICALIZATION. And This PROVEN resource will teach your students the skills to identify, analyze and critique information through proven research and fact-checking strategies to smell a rat and expose it when they see it.


✅ Fake News

✅ Bias 

✅ Clickbait

✅ Rumors

✅ Satire

✅ Social Media, algorithms and technology

✅ Research Skills

✅ Fact Checking beyond Google and Alexa



⭐ An EDITABLE PowerPoint Presentation enough to fill an engaging lesson with a mix of activities.

⭐ 4 INDEPENDENT one-hour follow-up activities designed to reinforce and further explore fake news's production, impact and implications.

⭐ A collection of fake news resources to further expand your understanding of fake news.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Merissa V. says... "This lesson was by far one of the most successful yet I have used on TPT. Even my least motivated students were extremely engaged with this activity. I am proud of their final work."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lana P. says... "The resource was great for examining fake news for our English and Conspiracy Theories class. As students have to evaluate the websites they use, it clearly outlined a process they can understand. As we are in New Zealand, it was helpful that the resource was editable, so I could include local content."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Koby, M says... "Used this when my students were preparing for a presentation, where the facts they had to share were required to be true and accurate. Many of my students were also sharing false facts on other topics so this was a good resource to stop incorrect news from being shared."

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


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