(Northwestern me in the summer…)
For summer, between walks and mini extensional crisis, I shall produce a series of posts designed to curate some of the key and critical ideas.
First up: Fake News.
A few weeks ago, I fell trap to a fake news story. As my husband says, the amygdala is the boss. Wait. The Amygdala is the Boss. My amygdala took over, after the daily onslaught of anxiety-dipped 31-flavors of horrors froze my brain, and I posted a story (about a hate crime that may or may not had taken place) and a friend (whom I frequently joust with regarding politics) called me out on it. Imagine my embarrassment. However, our unwavering vigilance needs reinforcement, what with the take-over of multiple news outlets spouting the same thing, the news is no longer journalism but continued, biased rhetoric.
The Resources and Lessons:
Possible teaching point:
Gathering credible, verifiable information is critical in making decisions, including life or death decisions. Understanding how writers and sources manipulate readers into believing falsehoods and lies are critical to survival. In order to know the difference between truth, facts, and opinions, and fake news from credible journalism, many factors must be understood and analyzed.
- Find four news stories, two fake or questionable, and two from a reputable site.
- Review Fact, Opinion, and Truth.
- Discuss how fake news uses all three to bolster their credibility.
- Use the Fact, Opinion, and Truth annotation/note document. Change the left column into the articles you’re using.
And I got this link from the Notice and Note site:
- Have teams of students challenge each other with fake and credible news stories and determine which ones are which.
- Students find important articles and discuss why people want to believe them. What is the nature of these beliefs? Fear? Cultural? Monetary? Then – have students write credible journalism to counter the fake.
- Make it matter: students need to be able to share what conspiracy theories they think might be real and do the research.
Add graphic literacy, too!