Grade 6

Finding Credible News

How do we find credible information on the internet?

The web is full of questionable stuff, from rumors and inaccurate information to outright lies and so-called fake news. So how do we help students weed out the bad and find what's credible? Help students dig into why and how false information ends up online in the first place, and then practice evaluating the credibility of what they're finding online.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Learn reasons that people put false or misleading information on the internet.
  • Learn criteria for differentiating fake news from credible news.
  • Practice evaluating the credibility of information they find on the internet.
Key Vocabulary: bias  ·  corroboration  ·  credible  ·  evaluate
showing a strong opinion or preference for or against something or someone
an additional source that confirms or supports a news story, article or piece of information
able to be believed; trustworthy
to carefully examine something to figure out its value
News & Media Literacy
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • News or Fake News? Handout Teacher Version
  • Example #3 Article Handout
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources