Media Literacy - Detect & Dismiss Fake News and Media Bias - Full 12-Lesson Unit
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Are your students gullible or easily swayed by dubious sources? This twelve-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.
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◈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: Bots and Trolls
Students will learn what bots and trolls are and how they work to spread false information and narratives.
◈Lesson 9: Social Media Algorithms
Students will watch and analyze the Netflix film The Social Dilemma.
◈Lesson 10: Fact Checking and Source Tracking
Students will learn to trace the original source of information and check the facts contained within it.
◈Lesson 11: Context
Students will learn to analyze the context of a fact to make decisions about veracity.
◈Lesson 12: 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.
Ways to Use this Resource
Weave the lessons into a broader argumentation and persuasion unit.
Design a media literacy course with these topics as the framework.
Incorporate the unit into a journalism course.
Pull lessons for sub plans.
Use the Google Slides version for remote work.
Give a psychology or sociology course a contemporary spark.
All materials are available on Google Slides. The link is provided in the file upon download.