From Media Smarts, this lesson seeks to improve students' critical thinking skills. They will discuss viral photos, videos, and news stories, while being shown how difficult it is to authenticate these materials. They will be introduced to tools and techniques for determining accuracy. For grades 9 and 10.
From PBS, this lesson plan has students watch the film "MediOcracy," then examine news stories and how they are covered by three major news outlets. Students will examine news stories for bias/point of view.
From Read Write Think (NCTE) this lesson improves digital and media comprehension strategies. Students will learn the strategies, then look at hoax websites and evaluate their content. Lastly, they show their learning by creating outlines for hoax websites. For grades 9-12.
This article from Education World discusses ways to connect current events to math lessons.
Rethinking Mathematics by Eric Gutstein (Editor); Bob Peterson (Editor)In this unique collection, more than 30 articles show how to weave social justice issues throughout the mathematics curriculum, as well as how to integrate mathematics into other curricular areas. Rethinking Mathematics offers teaching ideas, lesson plans, and reflections by practitioners and mathematics educators. This is real-world math-math that helps students analyze problems as they gain essential academic skills. This book offers hope and guidance for teachers to enliven and strengthen their math teaching. It will deepen students' understanding of society and help prepare them to be critical, active participants in a democracy. Blending theory and practice, this is the only resource of its kind.
From Media Smarts, this lesson discusses the concept of bias and prejudice, and helps students to discern the level of bias in the media they consume. Includes handouts and overheads in a PDF file. For grades 9-12.
This site was created by teachers to demonstrate to their students that inaccurate information on the Internet can sometimes be hard to discern. While some things listed on this site are fact or based in fact, there are inaccuracies and lies listed throughout. Check out the For Teachers section for resources for use in the classroom.