Misleading Headlines

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Misleading Headlines



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This TED-Ed learning activity guides students through the disconnect between news headlines and the scientific research they cover. While headlines are designed to catch attention, many studies produce meaningful results when they focus on a narrow, specific question. So how can you figure out what’s a genuine health concern and what’s less conclusive? Jeff Leek and Lucy McGowan explain how to read past the headline. The activity includes a video, multiple choice and open-ended questions, additional resources to dig deeper, and a guided discussion.

This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.

Content Standard(s):
Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 7
7.3.1) Distinguish between facts and myths of health information.

a. Examine beliefs concerning the transmission of HIV/AIDS; distinguish between fact and fallacy.

Tags: distinguish facts, evaluating headlines, health information, real health concerns, reliability
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Partnered Event: Health/PE COS Summit
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A free account is required to customize the lesson, share, or create lessons. Without logging in, the learning activity can still be viewed and suitable for limited device scenarios. This resource serves as a support to guide students through evaluating the validity of resources. An extension of this might be student-curated lessons distinguishing fact or myth in relevant health information. 

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Author: Andrea Rains
The event this resource created for:Health/PE COS Summit