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[Free Lesson Plan] How to Teach Your Students About Fake News

One of the hottest headlines the past several months has been about the media itself: reports of “fake news.” Unethical reporting, conspiracy theories, and misinformation are nothing new. But the prevalence of fake news and the seeming power it has recently had to influence public opinion, makes it obvious that it’s more important than ever to teach children to be wise and discerning consumers of online content.

To that end, we’ve created a free lesson plan for you using The Learning Challenge lesson framework to guide students through meaningful discussions on the concepts of truth, media manipulation, falsification, public opinion, and more. By challenging your students’ understanding of news and its validity, you will help them enter “the pit” – a place where they can wrestle with their preconceived ideas, leading to deeper understanding.

The lesson plan below includes several cards that you may use with your students to construct their understanding of fake news and its consequences. When you’ve had a chance to use it with your students, I’d love to hear what you think about it!


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Lucy was a Deputy Principal before joining Challenging Learning. Now she is responsible for growing our network of schools; broadening our teaching and learning resources; and extending our consultancy provision in the UK and overseas.

Having trained as a teacher in Leeds, Lucy taught across the primary age range (3-11 year old) in some of the most socially deprived and challenging areas in England. She then completed her NQML (National Qualification for Middle Leadership) and took the position of Deputy Head with a responsibility for raising attainment and progress, particularly in Literacy.

Lucy continues to engage with trends and research connected with learning. She has compared many of the meta-analyses relating to student achievement and adapted current teaching practices in response to the evidence. This is always for the benefit of both staff and students.


Lucy loves the countryside and walking with her two Jack Russells, Mable and Maude. She is also an accomplished and avid horse rider.

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