Fact-Checking

February 1, 2017
To the teacher:    This activity includes two roleplays in which the players argue about immigration -and make a number of false or questionable claims along the way. After the roleplays, students…
January 31, 2017
Ask students to read the following, or share the information with students.   Alternative Facts Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press: "You did not answer the question of why the president…
October 2, 2016
  Introduction Ask the the class: How many of you watched the most recent presidential debate? How many either viewed a fact-checked broadcast or read a fact-checker report afterward? How many…
September 20, 2015
  Quiz:  True or false?  Ask students to judge whether the following statements by politicians are true or false. "You’re more likely to get struck by lightning in Texas than to find any kind of…
July 23, 2011
To the Teacher:   Below are excerpts from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's critique of the performance of U.S. intelligence agencies during the period before the Iraq war. In the Senate…
January 14, 2011
To the Teacher   The student readings, discussion questions, and inquiry suggestions below focus on the need to critically interpret and verify what one sees, hears, and reads to avoid being…
January 23, 2008
To the Teacher: At some point in the presidential campaign most Americans choose a candidate to support. Ideally, their choice is based, at least in part, on the candidate's positions on issues,…
August 30, 2006
To the Teacher: The Florida legislature recently approved an education law that declares, "American history shall be viewed as factual, not as constructed." In short, the law implies that the facts,…
August 28, 2006
To the Teacher: The internet has become the reference source of choice on just about everything. It is invaluable, but just as students need to learn how to examine critically information presented…