Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning about Fake News

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The framers of the United States Constitution felt a free press was so essential to a democracy that they granted the press the protection it needed to hold the powerful to account in the First Amendment. Today, digital natives need to learn how to distinguish between fake news and real news. Here's a resource that teaches readers how to distinguish between fact and opinion, separate news from news analysis, fact check claims, and evaluate sources. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include the resource in a unit study of George Orwell's 1984
  • Have class members research news outlets and then create their own Media Bias Chart
  • Have class members select a news story and examine how the same event is reported in a variety of media
Classroom Considerations

  • Divided into two sections, the problems and the possible solutions, the resource also includes activities and discussion questions
  • Requires a Wall Street Journal membership to read the linked articles
Pros

  • Includes a link to a companion lesson for language learners
  • Includes models of how to fact check claims made in tweets and by news commentators
Cons

  • None