Social Studies

Fake News

Students have a difficult time distinguishing between real and fake news. Teaching media literacy skills can help students decipher what is real news and what isn't. John Spencer has created a three minute YouTube video with a five-step process that he has used with students. Click here to view the video. (You may want to check out his other resources as well.)

Check out this resource from PBS NewsHour. This lesson plan gives students media literacy skills they need to navigate the media, including how to spot fake news. It is geared for 7th-12th grade. Extension activities are also provided.

Another lesson, Fighting Fake News, developed by Rachel Roberson as a project from KQED learning, provides activities and resources that have students identify and evaluate ways to avoid fake news.


Are you looking for a way to add some fun into your history lesson? Try using memes with your students. Let them create their own meme based on a lesson or unit that you are working on. Have students justify and explain their meme to fellow students who will critique their final product. Below you will find some sites to give you more ideas on using memes in your classroom.

Here are a few free meme generator sites. You can also use Google Drawings, Google Slides, or Pixlr Editor.