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Verifying Breaking News

Facing History and Ourselves

This lesson plan from Facing History and Ourselves provides a range of resources for educators who want to support students in answering the following key questions about how to verify breaking news:

  • How do news stories, details, and facts unfold and change over time?
  • How can creators and consumers of news and information verify the credibility of information about an event?

The lesson includes several news articles, a video and transcript, a graphic organizer, and suggested activities, all related to the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by 28-year-old Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson.

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