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!