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.

Students will be able to:
  • 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
bias:
showing a strong opinion or preference for or against something or someone
corroboration:
an additional source that confirms or supports a news story, article or piece of information
credible:
able to be believed; trustworthy
evaluate:
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.
Extension Activity:

Have students apply what they have learned by completing the "News in Social Media" Activity on TestDrive, a social media simulator. Students go through a self-guided activity to reinforce key concepts and practice managing online identities. For more information, download the Social Media TestDrive Educator Guide.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Student Handout: News or Fake News? Student Version Teacher Version
  • Student Handout: Example #3 Article Student Version
  • Lesson Quiz Google Classroom Answer Key

Take-home resources