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NewsFeed Defenders

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NewsFeed Defenders


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Type: Interactive/Game


This interactive game from iCivics is a challenging game designed to sharpen students' news literacy skills. Students join a fictional social media site focused on news and information, learn elements of high-quality journalism and markers of deceptive posts, and spot dubious posts that sneak in through hidden ads, viral deception, and false reporting. This game can be played during a lesson on false reporting for reinforcement or after as an assessment. It can be played as a whole group or individually.

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Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 9-12
Contemporary World Issues and Civic Engagement
6 ) Compare information presented through various media, including television, newspapers, magazines, journals, and the Internet.

•  Explaining the reliability of news stories and their sources
•  Describing the use, misuse, and meaning of different media materials, including photographs, artwork, and film clips
•  Critiquing viewpoints presented in editorial writing and political cartoons, including the use of symbols that represent viewpoints
•  Describing the role of intentional and unintentional bias and flawed samplings
Unpacked Content
Strand: Elective
Course Title: Contemporary World Issues and Civic Engagement
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Compare and contrast information from various media outlets.
  • Explain the reliability of news stories and their sources from the television, newspapers, magazines, journals, and the internet.
  • Analyze and describe the meaning of different media materials and how the materials are used and misused.
  • Critique viewpoints used in editorials and political cartoons; Analyze symbolism used in media.
  • Analyze and describe the role of bias and flawed sampling used in media.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • media bias
  • analyze
  • criticism
  • viewpoints
  • perspective
  • political carton
  • symbolism
  • flawed sampling
  • editorial
Students know:
  • A variety of techniques for analyzing media outlets including television, internet, magazines, newspapers, and journals.
  • A variety of techniques for analyzing the meaning, sources, viewpoints, bias, and sampling involved in media.
  • Media is biased.
Students are able to:
  • Analyze and compare information from various media sources.
  • Support analysis with evidence from various sources.
  • Determine reliability of news and their sources.
  • Identify bias and viewpoints including symbolism.
  • Apply strategies for media analysis to a variety of media outlets.
Students understand that:
  • It is important to analyze media in all forms to determine the reliability, source, meaning, perspective, bias, and sampling when listening to media outlets.
Tags: false reporting, journalism, social media
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Author: Ginger Boyd