Lesson 2: Misinformation

Lesson Plan

Reliable news outlets always answer the question “How do we know?” Train your students to examine news stories for evidence of transparency and verification that will help them distinguish legitimate news from unreliable information or “fake news.” Students practice spotting misinformation and learn fact-checking tricks for verifying information.

Web Activity Link: https://www.icivics.org/node/2518281 (To assign, go here.)

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  • Define and identify “fake” news and other news-related types of misinformation
  • Analyze false claims
  • Fact-check information using fact-checking sites, triangulation, and internet searches
  • Use a variety of strategies to verify both information and images


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