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Facts FirstAn ELA program for grades 9–12

Credible journalism is based on facts. Period.

With the abundance of information in today’s media, it can be difficult for students to distinguish between fact and fiction. Having a good grasp on news literacy and knowing the basics of what constitutes a reputable source is essential to successfully navigating journalism, social media, advertising, and other information avenues.

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This teaching guide provides lessons and activities to equip your students with strategies to identify the different types of disinformation we encounter daily, understand how they spread, and know how to spot them.

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Check out these videos to watch the CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota discuss disinformation, often called “fake news,” and how it spreads.

We encounter many types of non-news content—take our quiz and see if you can tell the differences between them all!

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