How to Teach Your Students about Fake News

What media literacy skills do people need to evaluate a news source? Scholars listen to and discuss an NPR story about how fake headlines often dupe young people and adults alike. Next, they study news stories, using a fact-checking website to determine their authenticity, to better help them decipher the validity of future news. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils compile a list of actual and imaginary news headlines and ask partners to guess which ones are real and fake
  • Show learners the video How To Spot Fake News
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of the News and Media Literacy series
  • Requires a free PBS account to access materials
  • Includes a link to a Stanford University study about media literacy 
  • Offers ideas for extending the lesson
  • Link to the checklist of 10 questions for fake news detection is broken