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Fake News (UNH Manchester): Activity

Fake news - how to know it when you see it

Introduction and Discussion

  1. Introduction
  2. How would you describe fake news?
  3. Watch interview with fake news creator.
  4. Divide into groups of four
  5. Discuss: What are potential consequences when fake news goes viral? Do you think you could spot fake news or would you be fooled? Why or why not?
  6. Discuss: What happens when fake news spreads? What actions can you take to verify news stories, photographs and other sources of online information?
  7. Review responses as a large group.

Activity

  1. View image of mutated daisies.
  2. Does this image provide strong evidence of conditions near the Fukushima plant? How do you know either way?
  3. Librarians facilitate group discussion about credibility of the image.

Conclusion and Discussion

  1. Review handout to help identify fake news.
  2. What will you do next time you face potentially fake news? Every time? What are three ways you can verify articles and images to avoid being fooled by fake news?
  3. What can companies like Facebook and Snapchat do to stop users from spreading fake news? What can ordinary people do? What do you think would work, especially with younger users?

Acknowledgements

Freely adapted from:

"Lesson Plan: Fighting Fake News." KQED Learning, Web. <http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/12/Fake-news-lesson-plan.pdf>