Students learn a handy acronym to help them remember six key concepts for evaluating information, then test the concepts in teams.
GRADE LEVEL: Middle and high school, university
TIME: 30-60 minutes
MATERIALS: E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News poster (download); E.S.C.A.P.E.: Six Key Concepts worksheets (download); a news story for students to evaluate (for real examples, download the Teacher Resource – Examples for Evaluating Online News), internet access
- Make copies of the E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News poster (one per student) and the E.S.C.A.P.E.: Six Key Concepts worksheets. (The number of Six Key Concepts copies will vary, depending on whether you’d prefer students work in small groups or individually.)
- Select a news story for students to apply the E.S.C.A.P.E. concepts to in their group activity. (Depending on your angle for this topic, you may want to choose a real news story, a fake/questionable story, or both.)
- Review the E.S.C.A.P.E. poster so you are prepared to discuss the six key concepts.