|TIME||45 min (incl. 4 min video)|
The lesson plan is based on a TED-Ed video entitled “How false news can spread” by Noah Tavlin. The worksheet is about a very important issue of fake news and how we can stop its spread.
The lesson starts with a short exercise on adjectives which can be used to describe media and news. Students have to match adjectives underlined in sample sentences with their definitions. Next, students can express their opinions in a short discussion about fake news and media. The next task focuses on a phenomenon called circular reporting. Students get a short definition and they have to answer three questions connected with it. Then, before watching the video, students have to explain what a quote attributed to Mark Twain, i.e. “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes”, means to them. After that, students should watch the video and again answer a few questions connected with circular reporting and fake news.
There is an extra task in the Teacher Materials. You can find there some examples of news stories and your students will have to figure out whether these are true or fake news. If you want to play around more with this idea and have such an opportunity, check out this online game: Factitious based on guessing what news is true and what not.
The lesson should take around 45 minutes (including 3:42 min video). The video is short and in places can be difficult to understand, so it’s advisable to watch it twice with students.