An NPR investigation into a fake news creator forms the basis for an exploration of the motivations and methods behind fake news stories.
GRADE LEVEL: Middle and high school
TIME: 30-60 minutes
MATERIALS: Access to the NPR story We Tracked Down a Fake-News Creator in the Suburbs. Here’s What We Learned (http://archive.is/mvin5, audio and/or written transcript); copies of The Making of Fake News: A Case Study worksheet (download)
Note: The interview excerpts following the news story include content that may not be acceptable for some students, and you may wish to print the news story only.
- Read or listen to the NPR story in its entirety. Decide how much of the interview you will make available to your students.
- Make copies of The Making of Fake News worksheet, one per student.