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Lesson Plan: Tactics for talking with conspiracy theorists at holiday gatherings

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OVERVIEW

Students will learn what a conspiracy theory is, how people fall for them, and how to talk with family members with differing views without it turning confrontational. They will be able to answer the questions:

  • What is a conspiracy theory?
  • Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?
  • How do I fact-check a conspiracy theory?
  • How do I talk with family and friends about conspiracy theories without it becoming confrontational?

This lesson was developed by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs in partnership with MediaWise and the Teen Fact-Checking Network, which are part of the Poynter InstituteThis partnership has been made possible with support from Google.

OBJECTIVES

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the definition of a conspiracy theory
  • Explain why people believe in conspiracy theories
  • Learn how to fact-check a conspiracy theory
  • Learn how to talk with family and friends about conspiracy theories without it becoming confrontational

ESTIMATED TIME:  45 mins.

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Conspiracy-Theories_Lesson Summary.pdf

Lesson Plan
August 10, 2023
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