Grade 9

Hoaxes and Fakes

How can you avoid being fooled by fake videos and other information online?
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This lesson meets standards for CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

We know not to believe everything we hear, but what about what we see? Advancements in computer-generated graphics, facial recognition, and video production have led to a world of viral videos that are often difficult to identify as fake. Help your students learn to read what they see on the web "laterally" by showing them how to get off the page, check credibility, and find corroboration.

Students will be able to:
  • Define "misinformation" and explore the consequences of spreading misinformation online.
  • Learn how to use lateral reading as a strategy to verify the accuracy of information online.
  • Apply lateral reading to examples of questionable videos to determine their accuracy.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 50 mins.
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15 mins.
From Vertical to Lateral Reading
20 mins.
Hoax or Real?
15 mins.

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Student Handout: Reading Laterally for Accuracy Student Version Answer Key
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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