News Literacy

The universe of information we live in is a complicated web of messages with a mind-blowing array of sources, biases, and agendas. Help your students develop the mad news literacy skills they need with the resources in our hot-off-the-press News Literacy unit. Designed for the high school classroom, this unit teaches students to recognize high-standards journalism so they can make informed judgments about the information coming at them. Students get practical skills to help them identify and deal with misinformation, bias, opinion, and more. 

Each lesson includes a paper activity as well as a web activity (similar to our WebQuests) and an independent internet investigation so your students can get real-world, hands-on practice evaluating news, opinion, and misinformation. The mini-lessons in the unit zero in on narrower topics of special concern.

Got a 1:1 classroom? Find fillable PDF versions of the lesson materials available for download with each lesson in this unit.

These resources were created with support from the Raab Family Foundation and the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

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