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1 Day How to Spot Fake News Critical Thinking Class For 9-16 Year Olds

Media and Resource Literacy

Thomas Jones
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,163)
In this 8-week class, students will learn to analyze the veracity and authenticity of information from news media and social media.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner Level
Students will develop the ability to fully evaluate the accuracy and character of news media and social media stories and posts.  
I hold two degrees in History, with extensive work in Historiography, which involves the evaluation of source materials.  I also have a J.D. (Law Degree) and spent over 11 years focusing on the analysis of documents in a specialized area of law.  Finally, I moved into Forensic Science, where my specialties are Questioned Document Analysis, Forensic Linguistics, and Cryptology, so I have extensive experience evaluation of primary and secondary sources.
Homework Offered
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessments will be based on the items the students find and critique between our sessions and the discussions in each session.
Grades Offered
Grading is optional. I will ask families to inform me if they want a grade during the first or second session.
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There is no scary or age-inappropriate content in this class.  While there will be articles and posts on political issues, I will take a completely non-partisan approach to this course.  This class is not about determining which "side" is right or wrong, but rather about evaluating the accuracy of media content.
Students will need to find articles in major newspapers or major news media sites.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,163)
I have been teaching for nearly 20 years, and focusing on forensic science classes and programs for kids since 2005.  For the past five years, I have also been teaching a variety of online courses, including space science, climate change, writing,... 
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for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
60 min

Completed by 3 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
3-16 learners per class

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