Fake News

  • Identifying "Fake" News | Common Sense Education

    What is “fake” news? How do we know it’s false? Use these resources from Common Sense Education to help students investigate the way information is presented so that they can analyze what they read and see on the Web. This resource is part of the News and Media Literacy Collection

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Identifying High-Quality Sites Lesson Plan | Common Sense Education

    Learn how to “test before you trust” the sites and information found on the Web in this lesson plan and student handout from Common Sense Education. Assessing what you find on the Web is an essential skill for today’s students. Use this resource to help students understand and assess the sites they visit on the Web.

    A Family Tip Sheet for Web research and evaluation is available in English and Spanish in the Support Materials below. This resource is part of the News and Media Literacy Collection

    Grades: 6-8, 13+
  • Top 4 Tips To Spot Bad Science Reporting | Above the Noise

    In an era of sensationalized news and “alternative facts” it can be hard to figure out what to believe or not. And this is especially true when it comes to science and health news. Crazy claims and sketchy science reporting dilutes the public’s understanding of science, which can have some big consequences, especially when it comes to our health and environment. How can we make solid decisions--like how to vote, what to buy or what can make us sick, if our science news is hyped? Host Myles Bess helps you get above the noise by sharing tips on how to spot bad science reporting. This resource is part of the News and Media Literacy Collection

    Grades: 6-12
  • Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News? | Above the Noise

    Ever have an argument with someone, and no matter how many facts you provide, you just can’t get that person to see it your way? One big reason for this is cognitive bias, which is a limitation in our thinking that can cause flaws in our judgement. Confirmation bias is a specific type of cognitive bias that motivates us to seek out information we already believe and ignore or minimize facts that threaten what we believe. Studies show that when people are presented with facts that contradict what they believe, the parts of the brain that control reason and rationality go inactive. But, the parts of the brain that process emotion light up like the Fourth of July. In this video, host Myles Bess dives into the research and offers some tips to combat confirmation bias. This resource is part of the News and Media Literacy Collection.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How to Teach Your Students About Fake News - Lesson Plan

    Fake news is making news, and it’s a problem. This lesson gives students media literacy skills they need to navigate the media, including how to spot fake news.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Fact vs. Fiction in the Media | PBS NewsHour

    Sometimes news is labeled as “fake” because the reader dislikes it or it contradicts their beliefs. However, fake news is when the news information as well as the news organization itself may intentionally be completely fabricated. Educators and media literacy advocates are working in the classroom to help students discern fact from fiction in news sources.

    June 7, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Lowdown | Fake News Lesson Plan

    Fake news is no longer a matter of the occasional hoax. There is growing evidence that fake news has the power to shape public opinion and even sway elections. As more Americans get their news online, it is increasingly vital that students know how to verify sources and spot fake news or images, which often appear indistinguishable from a reliable source. This lesson asks students to analyze the consequences of fake news and build skills needed to question and verify what they view online.

    Grades: 6-13+