Unbiased Sources vs. Fake News | Informational Reading Editable Mini-Unit

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Just in time for election season, this differentiated and engaging resource will help you teach your students to think critically and evaluate sources. You'll teach your students to understand bias and to spot fake news and disinformation, then challenge them to see the "other side" of a story. Includes articles, research, worksheets, activities, and reflections.

Some essential questions of this introduction to journalism mini-unit include: What makes a story newsworthy? How do I analyze bias and assumptions behind statements? How do I distinguish between real vs. fake news? How does ethos apply to journalism? What is the distinction between yellow journalism and fake news? Why and how should I fact check an article? What are some of the most credible vs. most biased news journals? How do I research an issue and consider all points of view?

Contents are divided into six sections:

1. Basic News Vocabulary

2. Determining What’s Newsworthy

3. Analyzing Assumptions

4. Objective Reporting vs. Disinformation (Fake News)

5. Fact Checking

6. Broaden Your Thinking

In these times of polarized attitudes, so many of our students have been brought up hearing only one side on most issues. They believe they have to take a side, rather than thinking on a spectrum. Teachers, I think at least most of us, understand how to look at issues with an open mind. These resources will provide you with the tools you need to teach students how to consider all sides and learn to think for themselves.

The sections are designed so you don’t have to teach them consecutively. In fact, your students may have already learned some of the information. Decide what you need and customize, as needed, on the editable file.

No prep - just copy and teach! Great for sub plans, as well.

Total Pages
72 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


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