Non-GCSE – Lesson 6 – Fake news

Curriculum KS4 Unit Lesson

In this lesson, learners will initially be presented with examples of fake and real news and asked to guess which is which. This will be used to have a discussion on the definition of fake news and whether it is always easy to determine whether something can be categorised as fake. They will then discuss who creates fake news and for what purpose. This discussion will be facilitated by some key case studies that appeal to both sides of the political spectrum. The lesson will conclude with an activity on identifying fake news.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss examples of disinformation spread online
  • Define the term ‘fake news’ and discuss the quantity of fake news available online
  • Identify why fake news exists and who creates it
  • Discuss ways of identifying fake news and other forms of disinformation

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