Young scholars choose a news article to analyze using on-line statistical resources. They use multiple resources to gather information for research and critically evaluate the content and perspective of news stories.
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Fighting Fake News
Fake news. Alternative facts. Internet trolls. In an age of Newspeak, it's increasingly important to equip 21st century learners with the skills needed to determine the legitimacy of claims put forth on social media, in print, and in...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Authentication Beyond the Classroom
In an age of fake news, alternative facts, and Internet trolls it is essential that 21st Century learners develop the skills they need to authenticate the facts in viral news. Here is a great way to begin with a resource that provides...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Just the Facts, Sir!
Examine several key issues covered in the October 8, 2004, presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry. Young readers analyze the opponents' use of both fact and opinion in their arguments. Use the lesson to reinforce the...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Check It Out: Verifying Information and Sources in News Coverage
If it’s in the news it must be true, right? Prompted by a New York Times article, class members consider the importance of accuracy in reporting and validating sources. The detailed plan includes warm-up exercises, discussion questions,...
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Separation of Powers: Understanding Checks & Balances
Students use an Act of Congress and a Supreme Court case to explore the checks and balances of the U.S. system of government. This excellent lesson uses a real-life case for students to explore how the government system works.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History