Lesson Plan

Digital Literacy

Helping students understand the importance of validating information online.
Julie Y.
Classroom teacher
South Portland High School
South Portland, ME
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
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Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • Relate digital literacy to their own experiences
  • Understand the importance of digital literacy to other target audiences
  • Create strategies and methods for finding, validating, and collaborating on information found online
Subjects
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 9 - 12
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1 HOOK/ATTENTION GETTER

Talk to students about how false information can affect their lives. Start with the Pizza Gate video as an example, followed by the TED Video Link about what circular reporting is.  After both videos- discuss with students what they thought and if they have examples of their own. Why should it matter if news isn't valid? Why would people put up fake information online? The focus should be how it affects information online for high school students.

TED Video Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSKGa_7XJkg
Pizza Gate Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwLFn2mJHC8

2 DIRECT INSTRUCTION

PDF of the Presentation I use:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2v4tNUbDDu0TXdHZThreVF2VlE

Go through the presentation with video samples and discussion. Examples of useful videos include: The Eight Spiders- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjlKIjLWq-Y

The Eight Spiders is great because it's something that's very common AND it shows how much research goes into a journalistic verification of information. It shows students how much work real journalism entails and why it's important to cite sources and look for facts. 

Good Mythical Morning has interesting (and zany) examples of Viral Videos as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVw3mlmX73w&t=295s

3 GUIDED PRACTICE

Activity: Creating

Students create a tri-fold brochure that targets an audience educating them about Digital Literacy. Details for the assignment can be found here: http://highschool.spsd.org/yorkju/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/File_001-1.... and here:  http://highschool.spsd.org/yorkju/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/File_000-2....

4 WRAP UP

Activity: Other — Public Display of Work

After students create the tri-fold brochures, they are printed and given to libraries within the school and local community as a resource for digital literacy. 

5 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

Activity: Investigating

While working in groups, each student is required to do independent research on their topic and APA cite their resources in the brochure.