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Fact vs. Fiction

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News

ISBN: 9781564847041

Published: 2018

By Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins


The advent of the 24-hour news cycle, citizen journalism and an increased reliance on social media as a trusted news source have had a profound effect not only on how we get our news, but also on how we evaluate sources of information, share that information and interact with others in online communities. When these issues are coupled with the “fake news” industry that intentionally spreads false stories designed to go viral, educators are left facing a new and challenging landscape. This book will help them address these new realities.

The book includes:

  • Instructional strategies for combating fake news, including models for evaluating news stories with links to resources on how to include lessons on fake news in your curricula.

  • Examples from prominent educators (elementary, secondary and higher ed) who demonstrate how to tackle fake news with students and colleagues.

  • A fake news self-assessment with a digital component to help readers evaluate their skills in detecting and managing fake news.

  • A downloadable infographic with mobile media literacy tips, available here.


Fact vs. Fiction provides educators with tools and resources to help students discern fact from fiction in the information they access not only at school, but on the devices they carry in their pockets and backpacks.

#FactVSFiction BreakoutEDU:

Here are all the resources related to the #FactVSFiction BreakoutEDU experience that is mentioned in Chapter 8. Note: This activity was created for a 1/2 day PD experience, so it's unlikely that you would use it as is. However, you are welcome to take specific components and adapt them to use it with learners of any age. (We hope you'll give credit to the original creators.)

  • Link to Digital #FactVSFiction BreakoutEDU (Completing the digital breakout provides participants with their first hint to the physical breakout experience). 

  • Answer Key (with all lock combinations - please do not request access to edit this document. You may make a copy and then edit to your heart's content.) 

  • Jennifer's resource page for introducing BreakoutEDU

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