Students use an infographic to gauge the value of a news story and weigh what they should do with it.
GRADE LEVEL: Middle and high school
TIME: 30-60 minutes
MATERIALS: Is This Story Share-Worthy? flowchart, either printed on large paper or displayed digitally (download); Is This Story Share-Worthy? worksheet (download); selections from Teacher Resource – Examples for Evaluating Online News (download); internet access
- Review the Is This Story Share-Worthy? flowchart, including the supporting information for each question (located on the right hand side).
- Select a variety of news stories for students to evaluate using the flowchart. You can use the examples in the teacher resource or find your own. Ideally, the stories should include a mix of fake news, poor quality news, opinion journalism, biased news and high quality stories. You will need at least one story per group.
- Make copies of the Is This Story Share-Worthy? worksheet, one per group, or more if they will evaluate more than one story.