Lesson Plan

Article of the Week & Fake Photos

5 Reasons Why People Share Fake Photos During Natural Disasters
Angie S.
Media specialist/librarian
Bismarck High School
Bismarck, ND
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Objectives

Students will be able to...

* Read and annotate a text for understanding by marking confusion and showing close reading.

* Write a one page reflection on the given article topic.

* Share, reflect, and discuss other students' views on the topic. 

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades 9 - 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 HOOK/ATTENTION GETTER

Activity: Conversing

DAY 1:

Display some fake photos that have been floating around social media as of late. You can find a few here: http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/08/how-to-spot-a-hurricane-harvey-hoax-on-social-media.html. Ask:

1. Are they real?

2. How do you know? 

3. Where did they come from and how did they get there?

Student Instructions

Discuss the images.

2 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

Handout article and tell students to annotate:

* marking confusion by writing questions in the margin and/or underline/highlight words they don't know

* forming connections with prior knowledge and/or personal life experiences

 

Student Instructions

Actively read the text according to teacher instructions. 

 

3 GUIDED PRACTICE

Activity: Other — Writing

Have students write a one page reflection on the topic via a Google Doc that is shared with both the teacher and partner. Consider these prompts:

1. In this “age of misinformation,” how do you know what you read is true? Explain.

2. What steps might you take to protect yourself from “confirmation bias”? Explain.

3. Discuss a “move” made by the writer in this piece that you think is good/interesting. Explain.

4. Pick a passage from the article and respond to it.

Student Instructions

Write a one page reflection on the topic. 

4 GUIDED PRACTICE

Activity: Other — Reading, evaluating, comparing, synthesizing, writing

DAY 2:

Have students read and comment on their partner's reflection considering the following questions:

* What do you agree or disagree with? 

* What other ideas/thoughts came to mind as you read?

Student Instructions

Read and comment on partner's reflection.

5 WRAP UP

Activity: Presenting

Have students share their findings on the topic.

* What differences did you and your partner have?
* What did you learn about the topic?

* How did your thinking shift/evolve from start to finish?

* How might your actions change since reading the article and digesting the concept of fake photos?

Student Instructions

Share, reflect, and discuss.