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Lesson Plan: Spotting Fake News and Images on the Web

This lesson can serve as the first in a series of lessons designed to develop information and media literacy skills in freshmen high school students. While many students may already have a basic understanding of “fake news,” this lesson takes the topic a step further by asking them to consider their own personal role in the spread of misinformation and examine the negative consequences of such behavior. The lesson introduces the concept of confirmation bias, defines and provides examples of clickbait, and shows how images can also be manipulated to send false messages. It also provides strategies for spotting fake news; students will employ these strategies when they begin research on a current issue for class. Finally, this lesson asks students, in a blog discussion post, to relate the spread of misinformation and “fake news” to research.

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