Teaching News & Media Literacy in an Election Year

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Join Jeff Knutson of Common Sense Education and Share My Lesson for a webinar on teaching news and media during an election year.

Available on Demand

Navigating the news and media landscape can be challenging—especially in an election year. From wall-to-wall campaign coverage to attack ads and stump speeches, there's a lot to process—especially for students. Some political tricks, like October surprises, have been around for a long time, but young people might not understand them. And in the digital world, things get even thornier and more complex, from social media bots, deepfake videos, data voids, and viral memes (just to name a few).

These news and media literacy challenges are important topics for students to consider. Young people are curious about what they're seeing and hearing online and in the news, and they bring this curiosity into the classroom—and eventually the voting booth. Nevertheless, many teachers find it challenging to discuss the news and current events topics with their students. So, how can we help them explore these issues?

Join our webinar to learn about:

  • Where to find high-quality resources to teach news and media literacy in your classroom.
  • Tips on facilitating discussions and lessons about the news and current events.
  • Easy, grab-and-go activities aimed at students’ news and media literacy in an election year.


Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

On Demand version is available in closed captioning in English and Spanish.

Original Air Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020

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Very informative and useful in the virtual world. Thank you.
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