Web-based resources

The links provided here offer educators access to websites where they can learn more about informed media consumption, access lesson plans, and review other materials for classroom use.

Informed Media Consumption

  1. This non-partisan site monitors the factual accuracy of political news.
  2. Snopes: This well-known fact-checking site shines a light on urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore.
  3. Urban Legends Online: Learn about some of the most popular urban legends.
  4. Tools That Fight Disinformation Online: Compilations of tools that can be used for fact-checking.
  5. Sifting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic: Sift is a four-step process for vetting online information.
  6. Internet Archive Wayback Machine: A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. 
  7. Best News- and Media-Literacy Resources for Students: Great apps and websites that help students evaluate media (and think critically about “fake news”), help them create media, and that steer students toward credible sources.
  8. Media Literacy: A variety of resources hosted by RAND Corp.

Lesson Plans/Activities

  1. Newseum – Media Literacy Resources: Resources include a guide to media literacy and a series of lesson plans.
  2. Social Media: Is Your Breaking News Broken? Video and lesson plan.

Other materials

  1. Newsela: The free subscription allows teacher to access news articles for student use from a variety of publications. Paid subscription offer additional services.
  2. ReadWorks Article-A-Day: Access sets of articles about a variety of social studies topics organized by topic and grade level.
  3. Best of the Best Resource Collection: In this collection, you’ll find hand-picked, regularly updated resources to help you better understand and practice news literacy.
  4. Choose Your Own Fake News: An interactive game where players navigate the world of disinformation and misinformation through the choices they make.
  5. Resources for Parents: Media Literacy Now hosts this curated list of resources parents can use with their children to promote media literacy skills.
  6. Resources for Educators: Media Literacy Now hosts this curated list of resources teachers and librarians can use with students to promote media literacy skills.