Debate: How Can Students Become Prepared to Spot Fake News?

Friday, February 3, 2017


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Story Description:

A recent study tested over 7,800 teenagers on their ability to differentiate fake from real news and sponsored ads from news articles. The results showed that 80-90 percent of high school students had a difficult time judging the credibility of news. This skill is necessary to make choices about what to believe and what to share. Listen to this story to hear more about this study and what can be done to educate people about fake news and then debate with your students, how can students become prepared to spot fake news?

Listening Comprehension Questions:

  • What were the findings of this study?
  • Do you agree with the findings? Why or why not?
  • Why is it important to know what is fact-based and what is not?
  • What are the reasons internet filters may not prepare students for the world outside of school?

Classroom Discussion Themes:

  • Debate: How can students become prepared to spot fake news?
  • Do you agree that the skill of determining credibility of news sources is necessary in society today? Why or why not?