How to Identify Fake News in 10 Steps

Arm your class members with a weapon they can use to defend themselves against fake or misleading news. The ten steps outlined on the checklist provides investigators with ammunition they need to develop their information literacy skills.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide learners with a fake news story and model how to use the check list to evaluate the source
  • As independent practice, assign or ask class members to select a news story, use a separate sheet of paper to record their expanded answers to the prompts on the check list, attach this sheet to the check list, identify the story and its source, and then submit their work
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires individual copies of the worksheet

  • Each step includes details about what to look for in a news article

  • None