Fact or Fiction? News and Media Literacy (Grades 6-12)

The goal of this course is to examine why students need effective media literacy and research skills to succeed in school, in careers, and as an informed citizen. We will discuss why a free press and independent news reporting are vital for preserving American democracy. To accomplish these goals, you will engage with Information and timely research, reflective questions, and opportunities for peer discussion on crucial course topics. You will also explore games, create and develop classroom-centered activities, and identify resources to help students develop critical thinking, understand how propaganda influences our thinking, and become more media literate when doing online research.

Teachers will investigate what constitutes media literacy and the right of American citizens to freedom of speech. You will explore the concepts of reliability, credibility, and bias and learn about misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda techniques used to bias individuals online and offline. You will also investigate a variety of influences on teaching and learning such as student personal identity (racial, gender, ethnic, etc.), cultural influences on learning; the impact on student achievement of factors such as teacher personal identity, cultural influences, and biases; and issues that impact equity for all students in the classroom.

This course is divided into the following modules:

  1. How Perspective and Culture Influences Media Interests
  2. Media Literacy – Bias, Reliability and Credibility
  3. Social Identification and the Media
  4. The Impact of Propaganda on Sociopolitical Identity
  5. Inquiry, Critical Thinking, and Student Advocacy
  6. Course Wrap Up and Reflection





Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources


Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport


Establishing a Culture for Learning


Engaging Students in Learning