Media Literacy - Finding Real News Among the Fake

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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43 pages
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Media Literacy is a set of activity sheets and readings that teaches students to become informed consumers of the news. The set includes ten activity sheets plus three one-page readings with discussion questions and a follow-up activity for each one.

These activities will pair well with lessons on media literacy, point of view, and persuasive techniques as well as with class discussions of current event topics.

Here is what is included:


1. Persuasive or Informative?

2. Infer the Author’s Purpose

3. Summarize and Check

4. Good Sources and

Fake News Clues

5. Check for Clues

6. Write It Two Ways

7. Write and Rebut

8. Write It Real or Write It Fake

9. Compare Media Sources

10. Be a Part of the Solution


1. Telling the Truth –Harder Than It Looks!

• Follow-up Activity - Reporting It Four Ways

2. Journalism Rules

• Follow-up Activity - School News Program

3. Persuasive Techniques – Fair or Unfair?

• Follow-up Activity - Sort and Discuss

Note: For many of these activities, students will need access to current news articles or other sources such as blog posts or TV news programs.

The Easel Activity is ready to use with answer boxes and directions already in place for student use.

This resource supports language arts standards including media literacy, interpreting what is read, close reading to make inferences and draw conclusions, and writing to inform and persuade.

For additional resources, also see:

Persuasive Techniques - Activity Sheets and Slides


Freedom of the Press - Close Reading

From Classroom in the Middle

Total Pages
43 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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