Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Hoaxes and Fakes

Subject Area

Digital Literacy and Computer Science


9, 10, 11, 12


We know not to believe everything we hear, but what about what we see? Advancements in computer-generated graphics, facial recognition, and video production have led to a world of viral videos that are often difficult to identify as fake. Help your students learn to read what they see on the web "laterally" by showing them how to get off the page, check credibility, and find corroboration.

Students will be able to:

  • Define "misinformation" and explore the consequences of spreading misinformation online.

  • Learn how to use lateral reading as a strategy to verify the accuracy of information online.

  • Apply lateral reading to examples of questionable videos to determine their accuracy.

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    Digital Literacy and Computer Science (2018) Grade(s): 09-12


    Assess the validity and identify the purpose of digital content.

    Unpacked Content



    Students know:
    • not all information found online is valid.
    • some information is shared online to promote an agenda.
    • all information has a purpose.


    Students are able to:
    • assess the validity of digital content.
    • identify the purpose of digital content.


    Students understand that:
    • not all information available digitally is accurate, valid, and/or unbiased.
    • some users/groups misrepresent information in an effort to skew perceptions.
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    Common Sense Media

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