Ideally this lesson is for teenagers, but it can also be used with adults. The lesson begins with a brief discussion about news and fake news.
Students then skim read two webpages. One website is about the Tree Octopus (a spoof), while the other is about the Octopus Tree. After a brief reading comprehension activity, students study the websites, using a set of questions to help them. The goal is to discover which one is the fake website and why it’s fake!
As a final activity, students find other fake news stories currently circulating the internet. They choose one from the list and design a post or meme advising their friends not to fall for it.
- To expand knowledge of vocabulary related to news and the media
- To raise students’ awareness of fake news through discussion and reading
- To develop students’ 21st-century skills, including critical thinking, collaboration and media literacy
Older teenagers and adults at CEF level B1 and above
The teachers' notes and student worksheets are available to download in PDF format
I like this Lesson plan. The topic is very important and absorbing. Only one thing I would like to ask: could you please give some more topics which can be considered from two points of view?
Glad you like the lesson plan! For the project, students are asked to find another fake news story on the internet - the idea is for them to search for something current and, using the questions for spotting fake websites from the worksheet, they can report back to the class on what they found, and how they know the information is not reliable. The topic could be anything that the students are interested in (celebrity gossip, science news etc.).
Hope your students enjoy the lesson too!
A nice lesson, thanks!
Where can i find the answer key?
You can find the answer keys to the tasks in the lesson plan above.