The War of the Worlds: Martians, Fake News & the Night that Panicked America

The War of the Worlds: Martians, Fake News & the Night that Panicked America
The War of the Worlds: Martians, Fake News & the Night that Panicked America
The War of the Worlds: Martians, Fake News & the Night that Panicked America
The War of the Worlds: Martians, Fake News & the Night that Panicked America
The War of the Worlds: Martians, Fake News & the Night that Panicked America
The War of the Worlds: Martians, Fake News & the Night that Panicked America
The War of the Worlds: Martians, Fake News & the Night that Panicked America
The War of the Worlds: Martians, Fake News & the Night that Panicked America
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Martians in New Jersey! Clowns invading every town in America! Fake news and hoaxes aren't new. Kids today would likely have a good laugh over the panic caused by Orson Welles' infamous 1938 "The War of the Worlds" radio program. BUT how many of them bought into the recent 'clown invasion' created by social media? What will be the next social media-fueled panic? This unit introduces basic media literacy and uses a Cricket Magazine text (by this author) to give info and background on the radio program that aired on the night before Halloween. A modern-day connection is made to the creepy clowns and challenges kids not to believe everything they see, hear or read. A fun and informative Halloween activity!
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