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Fake News? Media Literacy!: Media Literacy Lessons

Discussions

It is always a good idea to agree on some "ground rules" for discussions on sensitive topics. Here are some ideas!

Ground Rules for Discussion

Questions to clarify

From UNESCO, A Teacher's Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism

How to Spot Media Bias

When trying to spot bias, ask yourself these questions: 

1. What kind of information is it?
News? Opinion? Ad? Does it appeal to your emotions or does it make you think?
2. Who and what are the sources cited and why should you believe them?
 Is the source given? Is the source associated with a political party or special interest group?
3. What’s the evidence and how was it vetted?
What’s the evidence and how was it vetted? Is the source a document? Witness? Or is it hearsay/speculation?
4: Is the main point of the piece proven by the evidence?
Did the sources provided justify the conclusion or main point of the story?
5. What’s missing?
Was there an aspect or point that was not covered or unclear that you are left wondering about?

Based on American Press Institute.

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