This task is to help you become more familiar with what is real and what is fake news.
1. Go to the factitious website and click on “Quick Start”. (If you want to be able to save your game so you can come back to it later, you should click on “Full Start” and you’ll need to create a free account.)
2. Look at the news articles and decide if you think the news is real or fake. At the bottom of each article, you’ll see “show source” — click on this and see if you recognize the source as legitimate.
3. Take notes and screenshots so you can reflect on what you got right and what you were deceived by. Fill up your pages also with opinions, key vocabulary, or anything else interesting you learned or want to share with us.
↓ Here’s an example ↓
If you have trouble with this site or want to do more or something more creative, browse the headlines and try to find both real and fake news headlines, then add some interesting ones to your portfolio, with the relevant information needed to decide whether the news is real or fake.
Here’s a useful pdf of information you can use to find out if a site is real or fake:
- Professor Melissa Zimdars (Merrimack College): False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources
Here’s a list of websites that check facts. If you’re not sure if some “fact” is correct, try checking these sites for confirmation:
Here’s a checklist to keep in mind. The more you do this, the less you’ll need the checklist. It will become second nature. (Here’s a printable pdf.)