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News Literacy Games, Tools, and Lessons

Our kids and students are inheriting a world where trustworthy info can be tough to find. From cable news to social media to the gutting of local news sources and in-depth reporting, it can be tough to get a real handle on current events. While news literacy, or information literacy, has been kicking around schools for a long time, the entire discipline is due for a shakeup that’s better tuned to how news and info gets made and manipulated now.

To help, we’ve curated some of the best resources for teaching a new kind of news literacy. These resources help students seek out and evaluate the credibility of sources, fact-check in a way suited to the web, understand and challenge bias, and battle misinformation and disinformation. There’s everything from lessons and curricula to interactive games and tools.

For more resources, check out our News and Media Literacy Resource Center.

News Literacy Lessons

Project Look Sharp

Mighty media literacy resources powered by inquiry-based approach

Bottom Line: A thoughtfully-created collection of tools for teaching media literacy across the curriculum.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free

Newsela

Great stories, just-right leveled reading; now mostly by subscription

Bottom Line: Up-to-date, high-interest articles will meet students right at their level, and help teachers bolster students' nonfiction reading skills.

Grades: 2–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Checkology Virtual Classroom

Go-to news literacy site is an excellent primer on media issues

Bottom Line: With "fake news" a pressing concern, Checkology's literacy lessons offer essential, if not totally comprehensive, skills to help students evaluate sources.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free

The Learning Network

High-powered news site offers daily resource to process current events

Bottom Line: Driven by a trusted news organization with its finger on the pulse of the world, this free resource can be a reliable source of activities and ideas for current event discussions.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free

Stanford History Education Group

High-quality, document-based lessons spark stellar historical inquiry

Bottom Line: A gold mine of cross-curricular literacy lessons that encourage sound, research-backed strategies for reading, analysis, and critical thinking.

Grades: 8–12
Price:
Free

News Literacy Games and Activities

NewsFeed Defenders

Social media simulation builds news literacy skills

Bottom Line: This is a great tool to kick off critical discussions about news and social media.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

Bad News

Modern, minimalist fake news game has players be the villains

Bottom Line: Quick, fun, and to the point, this game gets at the social mechanics behind viral falsehoods.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free

BBC iReporter

Spot real stories, dodge fake news in cheeky media literacy sim

Bottom Line: A refreshingly modern way for students to explore how to filter and interpret info and media during breaking news events.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free

Informable

Spot fake news, sharpen media literacy skills with speedy quizzes

Bottom Line: A solid starting point to support critical-thinking habits and media literacy skills.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free

Harmony Square

Take on the role of troll to better spot social media manipulation

Bottom Line: This game-based approach can be an innovative part of your media literacy toolkit.

Grades: 8–12
Price:
Free

Journalism in Action

Journalistic history site helps students analyze primary sources

Bottom Line: This is a strong resource for showing the power of journalism and research, and it'll engage most students; others will need teacher support.

Grades: 8–12
Price:
Free

News Literacy Tools and Resources

PolitiFact

Independent website fact-checks political statements

Bottom Line: A tool to help students become independent thinkers and question what is said by those in positions of power.

Grades: 9–12
Price:
Free

Truth or Fiction?

Foil fake news and viral rumors with fact-checking site

Bottom Line: This can be a handy reference -- and a good model for critical thinking -- but it'll require some teacher scaffolding and guidance.

Grades: 9–12
Price:
Free

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