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Fake News

This is a tricky subject. If you want to review it yourself before diving into lesson plans, here are some great articles wherein experts review best practices to avoid being duped:
An article from on Medium

This article from the New York Times Learning Network for approaching this subject with students!
Project Look Sharp prepared these basic questions for students embarking on the path to becoming expert fact-checkers:
Who made this?
Who is the target audience?
Who paid for this? Or, who gets paid if you click on this?
Who might benefit or be harmed by this message?
What is left out of this message that might be important?
Is this credible (and what makes you think that)?


Common Sense Media has a great 6th-grade lesson on and an 8th-grade lesson plans on for authenticity and one on .
The Newseum also created some great lesson plans like:

TedED also posted a great article that kids can read about .
A great video from Teaching Tolerance highlighting the importance of being careful what you share:
This TedTalk may also be useful to spark a discussion:
To practice their skills, students can play iCivics . Alternately, they can play a and compare their answers to real journalists!
My favorite quick review game is !
Also, if the conversation goes in the direction of propaganda. is great for kids to explore!
Once your kiddos are experts at spotting fake news, they may enjoy of an Onion editor explaining how he feels about people mixing up their satire for news.

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