Lesson Plan

The Making of Fake News: A Case Study

"Fake News" (stories that are entirely fabricated/fictional) is the subject of a case study of the search for Jestin Coler, the creator of some of the most famous fake news stories. After reading NPR's investigative report, scholars discuss what they see as the dangers of fake news. A must-see resource.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate other stories printed in sources like "The Onion" 
Classroom Considerations
  • Preview the interview excerpts that follow the news story; they "include content that may not be acceptable for some students"
  • Pupils require devices with internet
  • Copies of the "Making of Fake News" worksheet are also required
Pros
  • Includes sept-by-step directions, discussion questions, and a link to the NPR story
Cons
  • None