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Mar 01, 2022 2022-03-01

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Tool for Parsing Fact from Fiction

The nonpartisan, nonprofit News Literacy Project (NLP) has launched a tool for teachers to help them fight disinformation and strengthen news literacy. The tool is aimed in part at highlighting the importance of the First Amendment and value of the free press.

The NLP Framework for Teaching News Literacy supports educators in working toward this mission by providing common standards, essential questions, and knowledge/skills objectives, along with suggested performance tasks and learning activities. Teachers can use the tool to integrate news literacy into existing curricula or as the basis for creating standalone courses or units.

The framework is organized around the three-stage “backward design” process of Understanding by Design, which focuses on building the conceptual understandings associated with becoming news literate and preparing students to apply their learning in authentic ways.

The effort helps students understand the standards of quality journalism and use them to identify credible sources, as well as sharpen their verification skills. In addition, a campaign called Care Before You Share helps youth take responsibility for the information they put into the world.

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