Directions for students

Have you ever seen the amazing story of the pig who saved the goat from drowning? Sounds unbelievable right? But what if you saw a video showing exactly how it happened? You'd believe it then, right?

Well, not so fast. Just as articles you see online can sometimes can lack credibility, so can images and videos. This is tricky because most of us assume video footage we see—or audio we hear—is clear evidence and can be trusted. But with video editing software accessible everywhere, and advances in facial recognition, you can't exactly trust everything you see.

Fortunately, you can still trust your brain! By being a critical thinker, and learning a few strategies for interpreting news, you can avoid being fooled. In this lesson, you'll learn exactly how. Let's get started!

As you go through the steps of the lesson, use the below student handout to take notes, answer questions, and brainstorm.

 Student Handout

Lesson Steps


Watch the three videos below and answer the questions in Part 1 of the student handout.

Watch: "Pig Rescues Baby Goat"
1 min.

Watch: "Nathan For You - Petting Zoo Hero"
2 mins.

Watch: "Nathan For You - Petting Zoo Hero Pt. 2"
3 mins


Watch the two videos below on deep fakes and lateral reading. Then answer the questions in Part 2 of the student handout.

Watch: "It's Getting Harder to Spot A Deep Fake Video"
3 mins.

Watch: "Check Yourself With Lateral Reading"
14 mins.


Select one of the videos below. Using lateral reading, determine whether the video is a hoax. Using the chart below, provide corroboration from trustworthy resources you can find. (This means you might not record every source you look at.) Be sure to avoid ads, sponsored links, and opinion pieces in your lateral reading. If you’re in a group, each group member can select a different video to investigate. Capture your answers in Part 3 of the student handout.

Video 1
Watch: "Snowboarder Girl Chased By Bear"
1 min.

Video 2
Watch: "Loggers couldn't believe what they found in the middle of a tree!"
2 mins.

Video 3
Watch: "Proven Tumeric Cure Cancer"
5 mins


How concerned are you about deep fake videos as a misinformation threat? In this activity, you’ll explore the issue, form your opinion, and create a short video explaining your position.

  1. Research the issue further. Use Google, Wikipedia, and other information sites to get more info. Here are some other resources to get you started:

                Fake videos of real people - TED

                We tried to create a deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg and Alex Jones. - Poytner

  1. Synthesize your the research and your thoughts, explaining three main points of why you think we should be really worried. Or maybe you don’t think it’s too worrisome.
  2. Create a short explainer video using your phone that expresses your viewpoint. You can use iMovie, Binumi, WeMovie, or check with your teacher for other multimedia creation tools.
  3. Share on your platform of choice using the hashtag "laterhaters".