January 15

English 11 2017

Rick Mercer Report

Big Ideas – New Media 11

  • Language shapes ideas and influences others
  • Digital citizenship requires both knowledge of digital technology and awareness of its impact on individuals and society
  • Texts are socially, culturally, and historically constructed
  • People understand text differently depending on their world views and perspectives
  • The exploration of text and story deepens our understanding of diverse, complex ideas about identity, others, and the world

Content: Text features and structures:

  • form, function, and genre of texts
  • elements of visual/graphic texts
  • literal and inferential meaning
  • bias, propaganda, manipulation

Curricular Competencies:

  • Access information for diverse purposes and from a variety of sources and evaluate its relevancy, accuracy and reliability
  • Recognize the complexities of digital citizenship
  • Recognize and identify the role of personal, social, and cultural contexts, values, and perspectives in text

Here is what we did in this Media Literacy unit

Investigating the news behind the click-bait. Students chose one or more of these images to Investigate the story behind the image.

Use this document, Ten Questions for Fake News Detection as you look for the facts.

Key Terms Media Fake News – Do this word sort – words I know, words I don’t know, class discussion

We examined the Ideology Infographic from Information is Beautiful on the left and right, since ideology drives so much of what this topic is about. We also examined this Trusted Media infographic. We practiced Spot the ideology  with memes that are circulating Facebook and other social media sites.

Key Terms and Defs Media sheet and Fill in the blanks media

Choose one of these two articles to respond to: Fake News: How a Partying Macedonian Teen Earns Thousands Publishing Lies  or From Headline to Photograph, a Fake News Masterpiece Students Respond to article on fake news.

Discussion of M-103

Links to facilitate understanding used throughout the lessons and discussions:

TED Talk how to Start minute 13


How false news can spread

Did fake news influence the outcome of the election? PBS

Mediocracy – PBS

From Headline to Photograph – New York Times

Fake News is About to Get Even Scarier – Vanity Fair

Allsides site

Why you can’t help believing everything you read



Satire and comedy as fake news:

400-ton iceberg

Compassionate Fisher

Pats itself on the back