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Fake News Special Edition

Planning a fake news lesson or looking for critical literacy resources? Our special edition on Making Sense of the News supports the teaching of critical literacy and explaining how to fact check articles, while offering an exploration of the history of news reporting.

Children and young people are growing up in a world where information is available from a wider range of sources than ever before. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have enabled news to be shared with huge audiences at incredible speeds. Following the recent rise in illegitimate stories being circulated online, the term ‘fake news’ has emerged as a popular way to describe stories that aim to deceive.

The internet is a useful tool for young people, but it is important that children learn about the pitfalls that come with sourcing information online. To help you get your class informed about the risks of  false articles, First News has created a special fake news edition.

In this special edition we explain how to fact check articles, identify bias and assess the reliability of sources. It also informs children of the dangers of fake news, while offering a fascinating exploration of the history of news reporting and the media. This connects to citizenship teaching, highlighting the important links between a free press and democracy.

This special edition is available as a free pdf, please email us at schools@firstnews.co.uk if you would like this issue or any others sent to you. You will also receive the corresponding section sleuth activity in your email to use in your lesson.

First News Special Edition on Fake News