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Literacy Retreat 2018


Separate Fact from Fiction

Describe Then versus Now

Beyond teaching media, teach media literacy.

Provide specific definitions and reveal examples of each

Lay the foundation

Don’t work on fact and opinion at the same time.

Empower students to read critically

Well-informed consumers think critically and fact check.

Ill-informed consumers blindly accept all information.

Know the significant and subtle signs of factual, false, and fake information.

Peardeck has created a few more resources to utilize within your mini-lessons.


Put students in front of “fake” websites intentionally in order to evaluate the website’s credibility.


Question the source

Pay attention to who is telling information.


Question the timeliness

Some facts have an expiration date; others are simply misrepresented!


Question the truthfulness

Verify the topic is reported on other reliable sites.

Conduct efficient online searches.

The Hemingway Library website offers a PowerPoint of advanced searching techniques.

Review strategies that will help teach students how to navigate the internet.

Research and build some background knowledge.


Question the perspective

Grade 8 social studies class lesson & activity | PDF | Smartboard

Question loaded words. Readers need to interpret author attitudes, moods, perspectives, and tones. Discuss what visualizations and emotions the words stir within the reader.

Consider different perspectives with the Split History series or the Perspectives Flip series.