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Okay, so last week I promised that I would create a thread including some of the resources I've adapted for my social problems class dealing with the topic of #medialiteracy. This is going to be a long thread! 1/
2/ This is a great lesson plan, full of great ideas and links to resourcesAn. "Evaluating Sources in a 'Post-Truth' World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning about Fake News." (Schulten and Brown, 2017)
nytimes.com/2017/01/19/lea…
3/ Another great lesson plan from PBS: "How to teach your students about fake news." (Pasquantonio, 2016). pbs.org/newshour/extra…
4/ Another lesson plan from The Lowdown (KQED learning project): "Fighting Fake News" (Roberson): ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/wp-con… (There's a writeup on The Lowdown from Green, 2017, here: kqed.org/lowdown/24674/…)
5/ A curriculum for K-12 students from the Media Education Lab: "Assignment: Media Literacy" mediaeducationlab.com/assignment-med…
6/ Okay, so now I'm going to transition to other resources that aren't lesson plans. This is the executive summary of the study from the Stanford History Education Group: "Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning." (2016) stacks.stanford.edu/file/druid:fv7…
7/ This is from the American Psychological Association website. Lots of great info, includes links and references: "Critical Thinking and Information Fluency: Fake News in the Classroom" (Nolan, 2017): apa.org/ed/precollege/…
8/ One of my favorite titles for a paper EVER, the @RANDCorporation's study from Kavanaugh and Rich: "Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life." (2018) rand.org/pubs/research_…
9/ Now, some helpful checklists. I'll start with the one that I find most useful for students, because it's so easy to understand, but is also pretty rigorous (for undergrads): "Ten Questions for Fake News Detection" (Checkology.org): courts.ca.gov/documents/BTB2…
10/ The "CRAAP Test" for evaluating media has the most fun name, and it's more rigorous. The CRAAP test worksheet: services.juniata.edu/library/instru…, and another info sheet: csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/…
11/ In 2016, the amazing podcast, "On the Media", did a segment about fake news, and they created their own checklist (which is the least rigorous, but still good). Their podcast episode and the checklist can be found here: wnyc.org/story/breaking…
12/ In the "On the Media" story from tweet 11, they reference this list created by communications prof Dr. Melissa Zimdars of bad news sites, which also includes a wealth of awesome info: docs.google.com/document/d/10e…
13/ Now, I want to share some resources that I've come across recently, but have not had the chance to fully evaluate. They look good, and there's definitely helpful information included, but I haven't gone over them with a fine-toothed comb yet.
14/ First, more info on the CRAAP test from a library guide I found on google: libguides.library.ncat.edu/c.php?g=778558…. They've got a lot of great info, and links to other resources.
15/ Another great library resource from John Jay College of Criminal Justice: guides.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/c.php?g=618074…
16/ A quick blog post (Mendoza, 2016) called "5 Questions Students Should Ask About the Media": commonsense.org/education/blog…
17/ Another NYT lesson Plan (Schulten and Jolly, 2017): "Improving your 'News Diet': A Three-Step Lesson Plan for Teenagers and Teachers." nytimes.com/2017/11/02/lea…
18/ Another lesson plan I have glanced at, but haven't had a chance to fully review (although it looks promising): "Five Key Questions That Can Change the World" (Share, Jolls, Thoman, from 2007...so some of it is a little dated): …dialiteracyweekus.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/cml25l…
19/ And a couple of great resources for media literacy: The Lamp (thelamp.org) and Media Education Lab (mediaeducationlab.com/curriculum/mat…).
20/ For my classes, I pick and choose between these materials to make up my own worksheets & assignments. I also include a discussion about the difference between normative and empirical statements & I talk about confirmation bias. Hope these materials are useful to you as well!
A quick note with credit: Librarians at CSU Chico developed the CRAAP test (and it's amazing acronym): library.csuchico.edu/help/source-or…
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