June 8, 2017

Media Literacy

We live in a world of information overload and it is becoming increasingly challenging to determine what information is real and what is fake.

Students need to have the ability to assess information in order to: determine credible sources; recognize bias, spin, misinformation, and lies; discover when information is being left out; and recognize what the media maker wants us to believe or do.

The following tools will help to:

  • Facilitate students ability to determine the quality and truthfulness of information
  • Help students to develop probing questions to assess media sources

Media Literacy Resources:

The following websites are resources for fact-checking specific stories to see if what is reported is true or fake – Snopes.com, FactCheck.org, PolitiFact.com.

Basic Ways to Integrate Media Literacy and Critical Thinking into Any Curriculum

Tips for Decoding Media Documents

Criteria for Evaluating Information on the Internet

Three Stages of Thinking Prompts for Evaluating Sources

Civics for the Internet Age – Stanford Social Innovation Review
Civics for the Internet Age- Information on productive classroom discussions on controversial issues.

AllSides – Don’t Be Fooled by Bias
AllSides exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant.

Ten Questions For Fake News
Use this worksheet from the News Literacy Project to help determine the truth and accuracy of a news article.​ 

Fake news – How not to fall for it
This article from Science News for Students provides insight and resources on determining what is fake news and how not to fall for it.