Unit 5 – Hunting fake news through critical reading
As a teacher who is committed to Global Citizenship Education, one of your aims is to develop a critical approach and to promote your students’ independent thinking as well as critical attitudes and behaviours. The focus of this module is thus to provide you with guidance, training, and resources to learn and teach how to analyse critically what the mass media – such as newspapers and the Internet – widely disseminate and share. The activities have been designed to give you tools to identify fake news and hoaxes, to analyse the linguistic strategies employed in these texts deliberately meant to mislead and manipulate readers, and to check their sources.
This module aims to:
Provide teachers support and guidance to become critical readers by:
questioning the information;
drawing inferences and implications;
identify persuasive tactics;
checking the source.
Provide teachers support and guidance to understand how media works and how it is often deliberately designed to influence, mislead, and manipulate readers.