NEWS ACCURACY AND CREDIBILITY
Here are some Project Look Sharp resources that can help you lead students in a thoughtful analysis of how to question news reports for accuracy, credibility and sourcing.
CLASSROOM LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES
1) Is Obama a Muslim? Sources and Credibility – comparing an anonymous email, a university fact checking site, a political blog post, a campaign web site and a newspaper investigative story - in the kit Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns <http://www.projectlooksharp.org/front_end.php?kit_id=5> – 2008 (ELA + Social Studies)
2) Hydrofracking, Media and Credibility – comparing documentary film and satirical news programming - in the kit Media Construction of Sustainability: Fingerlakes <http://www.projectlooksharp.org/front_end.php?kit_id=9> (Science)
3) “Celebration" or “Protest” - comparing TV news reports in the kit Media Construction of the Middle East <http://www.projectlooksharp.org/front_end.php?kit_id=10> – Unit 3 (Global Studies)
4) Discourse or Disinformation? – analyzing the accuracy, credibility and bias in edits to a government report, a clip from a documentary film, and articles in a newspaper and scientific journal - in the kit Media Construction of Global Warming <http://www.projectlooksharp.org/front_end.php?kit_id=19> <http://www.projectlooksharp.org/front_end.php?kit_id=19%3E> (Science)
5) Cochabama Water For Sale - analyzing newspaper and magazine articles and press releases - in the kit Media Construction of the Environment: Resource Depletion http://www.projectlooksharp.org/front_end.php?kit_id=22 (Environmental Studies)
6) BP Oil and Gulf Fisheries - comparing newspaper headlines and video news reports - in the kit Media Construction of Sustainability: Food, Water & Agriculture http://www.projectlooksharp.org/front_end.php?kit_id=8(Science and Environmental Studies)
VIDEO OF CLASSROOM MEDIA ANALYSIS:
Examining Credibility and Bias in Websites - 7 minute video demonstration of classroom constructivist media decoding <http://www.projectlooksharp.org/index.php?action=videos&category=media_decoding> from the kit Media Construction of Martin Luther King Jr.
NCSS Position Paper on Media Literacy <http://www.projectlooksharp.org/Articles/ncsspositionstatement.pdf> - National Council for the Social Studies, by Chris Sperry and Frank Baker, 2016
A long-time Project Look Sharp affiliate and Ithaca High School librarian has created a website devoted to fake news. Please view the website here. Be sure to scroll down the page to see the case studies.