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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Fake News? Developing Digital Literacy (Interactive Notebook Activity)

Seems like almost every day, this term is being used. Just WHAT is Fake News? Can you tell the difference between fake and real news?   Use this activity to start the discussion on what is Real and Fake News.
1. A cyclist in England snapped a photograph of some very unusual pigs. They looked like sheep with their wooly coats.  Do YOU this is a real photograph or fake? Why? How would you go about determining whether this is a real or fake story?
2. On April 20th, the planet Uranus will be moving into the moon’s origin and for ninety minutes, the moon would appear green. The very rare occurrence is known as a “green Moon”. The last time this scientific event has occurred was 420 years ago! The news story was posted on Facebook and people were encouraged to share the news. What do you think of this story? Real or Fake?
3. After a tragedy such as an earthquake or flooding, many people are homeless. Designed by architects in Poland, the Skyshelter may be helpful. An  accordion-like shelter, it can be airlifted easily to where temporary shelter is needed. Once on site, the “skyscraper” unfolds almost instantly and can be used as housing. There is a balloon inside which quickly can be filled with helium to raise the building. What do you think of this story? Could it be a real story or is it fake?
4. Did you know that when President Barack Obama was President, he signed an Executive Order banning the National Anthem at all sporting events in the United States? Do you think this is true or Fake news? Why?
5.Why do you think people create “fake news”?
6. “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own set of facts,” said a famous lawmaker named Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. What do you think he was saying with this statement?
For Teachers:

Photo of the sheep pig

Helpful Link on the topic of Fake News

Article about "Green Moon":

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