Free materials from Standford University educate students to recognize the difference between real and fake news. Students can click on free worksheets to examine whether news is fake or paid advertisements. These worksheets are just a starting point for what should be an ongoing conversation about what sources of information should (and should not) be deemed trustworthy.
These worksheets serve as a pre-test of sorts to assess where students are with their reasoning.
Students will examine whether items on a Salon.com homepage are news articles or paid advertisements:
Students will examine whether a photograph of mutated daisies is evidence of contamination from a nuclear power plant.
Note: These materials are the property of Stanford’s History Education Group. The full, original report and assessment materials can be accessed by clicking here.