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Take-em to Court! The Evolution of a Media Literacy Lesson

By: Dr. Christina Dorr, Media Specialist at Hilliard Weaver Middle School

Earlier this spring, after some lively conversation with my 7th-grade social studies teachers about the state of news reporting with the onslaught of fake news, we decided a lesson was needed that involved the students actively in raising their awareness. So, ever ready to take on a challenge, I surveyed their ideas and attempting to take the planning “off their plates,” I set to work.
Over a 2-week period, I searched for ideas online, considered and discarded most of them, and finally decided to set up a court with 2 cases to try. The first was “summarize vs. plagiarize” and the second was “true information vs. false information.” But it was through several fits and starts, consulting with teachers, and changing plans before I came up with lessons that worked.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because you have an opportunity on Monday, June 19th to hear media literacy guru, Frank Baker, speak about just these topics at OELMAs summer workshop, “Popping the Fake News Bubble: Engaging Students in 21st Century Media and Information Literacy.” You can see ideas other Media Specialists have created, and work together to design the lessons that work for you and your students. With all these resources, it won’t take you 2 weeks to plan, like it did me. Don’t miss out! Register today!