Teach Argument With Fake News

Phrases like “fake news” and “alternative facts” have been buzzing around popular media.  These Orwellian phrases open the door to authentic, relevant, and fascinating analyses for our students.  This lesson bundle includes (1) an editable PowerPoint slideshow that prompts students to identify and define “fake news,” (2) a highly engaging, writing-based “fake news” project to deepen understanding, and (3) an editable PowerPoint slideshow that prompts students to think about, discuss, and understand “alternative facts” (as an Orwellian notion in modern politics).

 

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Lesson Features

Grades 9 - 12
Focus Orwellian Language, Close Reading, Politics & Language, Rhetoric

Lesson Description

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Looking to teach Fake News & Alternative Facts?  Look no further!  Here’s what you can expect from this Fake News lesson bundle:

  • Fake News PowerPoint – 27 editable slides, immediately ready to present, including (1) a “Do Now” prompting students to draft a preliminary definition of fake news, (2) five examples of news that students are prompted to determine as “real” or “fake” before adjusting their definitions, (3) prompts for discussing how to identify fake news, and (4) prompts for discussing the differences between fake news and satire (like The Onion),
  • Fake News Project – An awesome writing project that prompts students to create their own fake news, and to put their writing “to the test…”
  • Alternative Facts PowerPoint – 20 editable slides, immediately ready to present, that (1) contextualize the “alternative fact” media craze, (2) prompt students to consider the dangers of “alternative facts,” (3) pair the notion of “alternative facts” with George Orwell’s ideas, and (4) a writing task in which students seek to play the role of “White House Press Secretary.”

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