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How do I: Spot 'Fake' News 7-8

This guide covers Information, Media, and Digital Literacy concepts and Digital Citizenship Gr. 7-8 students, as well as teachers & parents.

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HOW TO SPOT

STEP ONE: LEARN HOW TO SPOT FAKE NEWS

SIFT (Four Moves) adapted and reproduced with permission and thanks to Mike Caulfield"Director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, and head of the Digital Polarization Initiative of the American Democracy Project,"

SIFT (Four Moves)

 

STOP Sign

Don't read or share media until you know what it is!

 

SIFT Investigate the Source

Is the source of the story legitimate?  Are they reputable?  Are they biased?

 

SIFT: Find better coverage

Verify the claim by checking a fact-checker or finding other (reputable) sources covering the same story.

 

Check the original context of the claim - do a reverse image search, search the exact quote (use quotation marks in your search field), find another source that replicates both the context and content

Tip: Check the Claim with Ctrl-F

 SKILL: Ctrl-F

 Does the claim or headline accurately reflect the linked article?  Quick check with Ctrl-F

  1. Click into the link
  2. Crtl-F
  3. Type in a keyword from the assertion/headine
  4. Does the assertion match the content?  If not, take a pass.Ctrl + F

 

STEP TWO: LEARN THE SKILLS

Videos, tip sheet and custom search engine links reproduced from MediaSmarts'   Break the Fake: How to tell what's true online.  Visit the MediaSmarts website for more information on digital and media literacy, videos, games and lesson plans.

CHECK THE SOURCE

CHECK THE CLAIM

CHECK THE IMAGE

STEP THREE: TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Can you tell fact from fiction?  Ready to check out your online news smarts?  Test your knowledge with these practice questions and activities.

FIRST CHALLENGE: FakeOut

 

SECOND CHALLENGEReality Check (MediaSmarts)

 

THIRD CHALLENGE: KEEP IT GOING!

With fun games, apps and activities from 'Teaching Kids News', including:

IFLA How to Spot Fake News Poster

Evaluate Websites & Information Sources

Learn about Media Influences