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Fact or Fiction: Distinguishing Reality Online

Fact or Fiction is a 3½-hour workshop lesson plan, appropriate for Grades 11 and 12 but customizable for other grades, that guides learners to assess the reliability and credibility of online resources. They explore how misinformation and fake news can distort biases and perspectives, ultimately making it difficult to be objective in the selection of resources as aids to both effective learning and informed civic action and decision-making.

With a Creative Commons license, the lesson plan is available for non-commercial open and public use. Click on the image or click here to take you to our resources page where you can access the lesson plan.


The lesson plan now resides at OER Commons. Open Educational Resources (OER) is a global movement that is founded on the basic human right to education and that aligns with OOKPIK's Statement on Human Rights and Access to Education.

Here is an excerpt...

"To My New Students In The Fall Of 2020,

"Hi. Welcome. I am so very glad that you are here.

"We have certainly all lived through quite a lot this summer. So many things have been swirling around us. A global pandemic. Cries for justice and equity and Black Lives Matter. Debates on what our very school year should look like.

"You have probably taken in a whole lot of things and you are carrying those things into this school year and into our learning space and those things are probably feeling really heavy. And so today, I want us to begin to build a space we can collectively hold the weight of all of the things that we are carrying and find some relief in carrying those things now together. As a community. And so I want to say to you again, 'Hi. Welcome. I am so very glad that you are here.'”

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