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Fake News: Curriculum

Resources about fake news

Going Beyond the One Shot

Becoming "fake news" competent requires more than a "one shot" lesson. Moreover, instruction -- Image result for fake news curriculumand practice -- about fake news should be integrated into the curriculum rather than considered an optional "add-on." Fake news crosses the traditional academic domains; it involves language arts, social studies, math, science, arts, health and physical education. Fake news also serves as a "gateway" topic that can interest learners in the underlying literacies needed to identify and respond to fake news: news literacy, media literacy, visual literacy, digital (ICT) literacy, as well as information literacy. Ideally, a fake-news infused curriculum should be an organization-wide initiative that meets the needs of its stakeholders.

Curriculum Guides

Core elements of fake news curriculum include:

  • Definition and variations of fake news
  • Need for news media literacy
  • The information cycle of fake news
  • Identifying and dealing with fake news
  • Credible sources and organizations, including libraries
  • Strong additional options: history of fake news, medium-specific characteristics, civic engagement

Instruction Issues and Strategies

Here are some of the instructional issues and strategies involved in teaching about fake news.


Farmer, L. Media literacy education PPT

Agnostinelli, T. Boolean logic in information literacy instruction sessions.

Florida Association of College & Research Libraries. (2017). Fake news and digital library conference presentations

Videos about Fake News

Here are several good videos on fake news; these and other videos are also found under specific headings.