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, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

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. 

English Language Arts
Grades 9 – 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes


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.


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. 



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. 


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.


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.