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Decoding Fake News: Lesson Planning

This Library Guide provides resources to help students to identify "fake" news, bias, and propaganda, as well as good journalism, with a goal of encouraging them to become engaged consumers of information.

Activity: Bias and Perspective

Exercises for lessons on the relationship between bias and perspective are in this Google slideshow. 

Bias Perspective Exercise Slide

Teaching about journalism, fake news, satire, and propaganda

Activity: Sources to Investigate -- far-right, ultra-conservative opinion site; former executive chairman Steven K. Bannon is now President Trump's Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor; he was Trump's 2016 Campaign Manager. -- conspiracy theorist and right-wing talk-show host Alex Jones' web site -- blog by white supremacy group "The Creativity Movement." Here's their article on fake news: -- Vanguard News Network, white supremacist site -- Racial Observer -- white supremacy group -- "news and satire" -- fake news

Activity: Viral Rumors Quiz

Potential rumors for the students to investigate:

Are rumors of flammable water coming from faucets because of fracking true?
Did Women's March protestors dump their signs everywhere after the march?

Activity: Real or Fake? Quiz