News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News

illus. by Jacquelyn Whiting. 140p. bibliog. index. photos. Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas. May 2018. pap. $45. ISBN 9781440861529.
OrangeReviewStarFake news and "alternative facts," the authors say, "distract us from a very real educational challenge: teaching students the skills and dispositions that make them careful and thorough researchers." These useful, succinct, and scaffolded lessons help students become savvy consumers of digital and print media. The chapter "Big Takeaways" gets to the heart of the matter: fake news isn't new, but social media's influence is. Teaching students to judge the veracity of what they read on Twitter, Facebook, and other sites is vital. The authors include many excellent websites, rubrics, organizers, self-guided checks, and quizzes, as well as additional lessons in the bibliography. While the lessons work for middle and high school students, elementary librarians can adapt them to their classes.
VERDICT A superb road map for those teaching media literacy.

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