News and Media Literacy Resource Center

Prepare your students for tomorrow's headlines with essential news and media literacy materials.

From misinformation to the 24-hour news cycle (on TV and now on social media), students must learn to navigate a noisy, biased, and challenging world. But with the right support, they can learn to be critical and not cynical -- to speak up, not sit back. This collection of news and media lessons, videos, printables, and more is a great place to start. Everything's been carefully vetted by Common Sense editors (and fellow teachers) to help you find that "just right" resource for your classroom.

Check out our current favorites below. Read on for full collections. 

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Educating 4 Democracy

Prepare your class to discuss and tackle complex issues with this site's resources.

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Digital Dilemmas

Use these activity templates to get students thinking critically about important topics in media and culture.

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Talking About Shocking News

Use these age-based tips and lessons to help students process upsetting events.

Curated Picks from Across the Web

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News Literacy Collection

  • Fact-checking and critical thinking
  • Breaking news
  • Misinformation and disinformation
  • Finding credible information
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Media Literacy Collection

  • Interpreting media messages
  • Media platforms and industries
  • Creating media and media production
  • Media manipulation
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Social and Cultural Literacy Collection

  • Cultural understanding
  • Bias and prejudice
  • Difficult conversations
  • Equity and social justice