Fake News Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson to help students understand the importance of journalism in today's society. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss the importance of journalism, participate in a short online research activity, and do a fun activity highlighting fake news.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the role of journalism in contemporary society.
  • describe how to determine if something is fake news.

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

Instructions

  • Begin the lesson by writing the term 'fake news' on the board, keeping in mind that this term is likely to elicit a strong immediate reaction from students. Ask students to tell their peers what they know about fake news. Write interesting or pertinent ideas on the board.
  • Start the video lesson Contemporary Journalism & Its Role in Society. If needed, a transcript of the video can be found on the video page.
  • Pause the video at 1:47. Discuss the following questions as a class, connecting the discussion back to the ideas on the board when possible:
    • What is journalism?
    • What role does journalism play in our society?
    • Is journalism a good thing? A bad thing? Why? (Ask for specific examples for this question.)
  • Resume the video and let it play to the end. Discuss the following as a class:
    • What role does the internet play in our daily news consumption?
    • What are some advantages of internet-based news? Disadvantages?
    • Where does fake news fit into all of this?
    • What responsibility do news consumers have in today's society? How can we ensure what we are reading is real?

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