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Fake News... Learning to tell what real and what's not

Students will learn how to understand the difference between fake news and real information.
Meggan F.
Media specialist/librarian
Johns Creek High School
Alpharetta, United States
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Students will be able to...

1. Recognize the factors that make a news story plausible. 

2. Analyze media sources

3. Compare fake news stories to real media

Social Studies
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Introduction

Students will read about why people believe fake news. This will serve as an activator to the lesson. Begin by asking students if they have read any fake news lately. Ask them for examples of fake news. Have them brainstorm on why people believe fake news. Then students will read the article. Have them compare their theories to why it spreads in the article. 

2 Application

Students will watch the video from common sense and see how to spot fake news. 

3 Application

Students will use the website evaluation guide to find and evaluate three sources. As a class, discuss the students findings.