News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News

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by Michelle Luhtala and Jacquelyn Whiting

Published: May 2018

Pages: 173

Size: 7x10

Lessons to help students recognize "fake news" when they read it.

At a time when misinformation in the media is abundant, this book explains the difficulty in nurturing students to become critical researchers and offers practical lessons that empower students to excavate information that will help them learn.

This guide to teaching news literacy explores a wealth of resources and classroom-tested lessons that educators in grades 7–12 can use in their own libraries and classrooms. To introduce the concept of news literacy, the authors explain the steps of the inquiry and research process in detail and examine the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) 2016 report "Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning" and related research studies.

Lesson plans corresponding to each stage of the process are coordinated to relevant standards from the CCSS and ISTE and are accompanied by rubrics for providing students feedback on their progress as well as samples of student work as it evolved through the stages. Furthermore, the authors' anecdotal insights from their experiences in collaboratively implementing the lessons with colleagues are an invaluable addition for any librarian seeking to work with teachers to help students become critical researchers.


  • Provides easily replicated and adaptable standards-based lessons
  • Observes a classroom-tested research model applicable to grade levels 7–12
  • Constructs a usable framework for collaboration with colleagues
  • Gives educators tools to advocate for the necessity of a vibrant, inquiry-based library media program
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