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Believe It or Not?

Students explore the basics of media literacy and practice using tools to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of a wide range of sources.

Is it ever OK to cite Wikipedia? What makes a source trustworthy? How can you identify quality information? This broad introduction to media literacy gives students a set of tools they can use to evaluate sources online, on TV and in print, with an emphasis on developing research skills. Through hands-on activities and discussion, students learn how to build their media savvy and put their new tools and abilities to the test.
"My students now are interested in the news, understand media bias and are aware of checking multiple sources to properly evaluate." Donna Clark, teacher, St. Bernadette School

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Gallery Guide - Believe It or Not
Unit - Believe It or Not PDF DOC
Handouts - Believe It or Not PDF DOC

To request a large print or Braille version, call 202.292.6650.

Booking Information

This class requires a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availably. We appreciate hands-on assistance from chaperones when needed.

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Virtual classes: Virtual classes must be requested at least two weeks in advance. To request a free virtual class, please complete the request form. All reservations are tentative pending confirmation of hardware and software capabilities. Please call the Education Department at 202/292-6650 for more information.

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Classes must be requested at least one week in advance. Please be advised that your preferred date may not be available, so have at least two dates in mind. We recommend arriving at the Newseum at least 15 minutes before your scheduled class time.

Cancellation policy:

When a school fails to appear for its schedule Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.

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Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.

  • Topics:
    Current Events
    News & Media
  • Theme:
    Media Literacy
  • Level:
    Students | Grades 6-12
  • Cost:
    Free; Newseum admission required
  • Duration:
    50 minutes
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Times Offered:
    9:30 a.m. Learning Center
    10:45 a.m. Learning Center
    12:15 p.m. Learning Center
    1:30 p.m. Learning Center
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET Virtually
  • Capacity:
    Max 36 students in the Learning Center
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    12 participants
  • Grades:
    Middle School
    High School
  • Formats:
    At the Newseum
    Online

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