Lesson Plan

Alienstock: Analyzing Information, Media, And Validity

One only has to watch MSMBC and FOX News to realize that media can present the same story in very different ways. Middle schoolers have an opportunity to test their ability to determine the validity and trustworthiness of information by investigating reporting of "Alienstock." After reading two reports of the 2019 gathering at Area 51, young analysts create a claim, present evidence, and state their reasoning (CER statements) of whether or not aliens exist.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the slide show to guide the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Scholars require access to devices with internet
  • A projection device is needed for the slide show
Pros
  • The topic is sure to engage middle schoolers
  • It includes directions for distance learning
Cons
  • None
Common Core