Subject: ELA (English Language Arts), Social Studies

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Credibility and Accuracy of Sources

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: These days, we are burdened with the task of filtering out this “noise” so that we can get to the heart of matters and not be distracted by loud, preference-driven commentary. Use this lesson to promote critical thinking and introspection among your students.

Know Before You Start: This lesson provides a great way to engage students in discussions about current events. Terms to know: credible, discern, bias, verify.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.
  • Share a recent fake news story and ask students to share their views on why or why not the story should be trusted.


  • Have students create a brief comic demonstrating how their own feelings could improperly affect a news story meant to inform.
    • Is it difficult or easy to recognize unconscious bias?
    • What is the difference between fact and opinion?
    • What is the danger of misleading your audience?


  • Have students share their comics with the whole class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain what they will do the next time they see or hear a news story.


  • Provide students with a news story.
  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.


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