Verification Skills

Why should we verify online information? How can we assess claims, sources and photos?

Verification Skills

Citizens face an information ecosystem where it is increasingly challenging to separate fact from fiction and to recognize what is credible.

Posts on social media are designed to look similar to one another, so it can be difficult to figure out where information is coming from, and if it is reliable. ‘Fake news’ is a convenient phrase, but because it describes so many things, its usefulness is limited.

This lesson introduces useful ways to categorize different types of false and misleading information, and provides opportunities to build and practice skills of fact-checking and source evaluation.

 

LINKS & DOWNLOADS

Secondary

Lesson Plan (PDF) (Word)
Slide Deck: Verification Skills (PPT) (Google Slides)
Fake Out (available at newsliteracy.ca —Website developed by CIVIX)

Activity: Verification Skills — Review and Practice (PDF) (Word)
Activity: Online Verification Practice (PDF) (Word)

 

Elementary

Lesson Plan (PDF) (Word)
Slide Deck: Verification Skills (PPT) (Google Slides)
Fake Out (available at newsliteracy.ca —Website developed by CIVIX)

Activity: Verification Skills — Review and Practice (PDF) (Word)
Activity: Online Verification Practice (PDF) (Word)

Support Videos

Verification Skills with Mike Caulfield
Video 1: Introduction

Video 2: Investigate the Source

Video 3: Find the Original Source

Video 4: Look for Trusted Work

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