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Believe It or Not? Putting the Consumer’s Questions to Work

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In this activity, students apply the “consumer’s questions” to a chosen research topic in order to improve their media literacy skills.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle and high school

TIME: 30-60 minutes

MATERIALS: Putting the Consumer’s Questions to Work worksheet (download), The Consumer’s Questions handout (download) and Internet access (if completing the worksheet in class)

PREPARE:

  1. Make copies of the worksheets, one per student.
  2. Prepare possible research topics.

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Worksheets PDF DOC
Extensions PDF DOC
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DO

  1. Go over the Consumer’s Questions as a class.
  2. Discuss why the Consumer’s Questions are useful. Specifically, why do the answers to these questions matter?
  3. Choose a topic for the class to investigate. Brainstorm a list of ideas and vote.
  4. Pass out the worksheets and have students research the chosen topic.
  5. Discuss the students’ findings as a class.
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DISCUSS

Additional discussion ideas:

  • Which of the consumer’s questions is the most important to apply/answer? Why?
  • Which of the consumer’s questions is the most difficult to apply/answer? Why?
  • Does a pattern emerge of the types of information sources that generally seem trustworthy and those that generally do not?
  • What types of visual or written clues help you determine if a source of information is trustworthy or not?
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