Media & News

One of the greater threats to democracy and digital citizenship is misinformation and echo chambers. Kids must learn how to receive and interpret information in the age of content.  In this module, we provide you with the tools and resources to help students develop the skills required to ask important questions and judge information based on factual merit.

Topics this unit will cover as your child grows up:

Online Documentation

Read, interpret, and understand policy documents (Terms of Use/User Agreements) related to the online platforms and games one uses and plays.

Grades this curriculum relates to:

Grade 6
Grade 8

Overt Messaging

Understand the purpose of specific information items (i.e., a blog vs. a reliable news site) and ​​ the purpose of a variety of media texts

Grades this curriculum relates to:

Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7

Subliminal Messaging

How online content can affect someone (i.e., the influence of comparing onself to ad images),​​ ​​Use critical thinking skills (i.e., researching, questioning, identifying trusted sources) to evaluate the trustworthiness of all online content, and more.

Grades this curriculum relates to:

Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Trustworthyness of Sources

Identify reliable sources of online information, identify intended audiences of specific news/media texts, conduct secondary research through search engines, and more

Grades this curriculum relates to:

Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Resources You’ll Get

In-Class Activities

Family Letter

Lesson Plan

Slides

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