Author: Brian C. Housand, Ph.D.
Product Code: 7288
ISBN: 9781618217288
Pages: 156
Availability: In stock.

Educators have long struggled to teach students to be critical consumers of the information that they encounter. This struggle is exacerbated by the amount of information available thanks to the Internet and mobile devices. Students must learn how to determine whether or not the information they are accessing is reputable. Fighting Fake News! focuses on applying critical thinking skills in digital environments while also helping students and teachers to avoid information overload. According to a 2017 Pew Research report, we are now living in a world where 67% of people report that they get their “news” from social media. With the lessons and activities in this book, students will be challenged to look at the media they encounter daily to learn to deepen and extend their media literacy and critical thinking skills. Now more than ever, teachers need the instruction in Fighting Fake News! to teach students how to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information.

Grades 4–6


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Review by: Timothy Esposito, Society for Technical Communication - November 11, 2018
In Fighting Fake News!, Dr. Housand designs a program structured to teach students, and maybe even adults, how to determine which news stories are credible, and which are less than reliable. If you are interested in learning how media manipulates people and how to overcome said manipulation, then Fighting Fake News! is the book for you.
Review by: Diane Donovan, Donovan's Literary Services - September 24, 2018
From how to become a more effective critical consumer in processing the wealth of information that arrives daily to understanding how news is reported, spun, and too often abbreviated beyond logic, Fighting Fake News! is packed with examples and activities designed to explain issues in emotional response, accuracy in representation, and communication choices.
Review: VOYA Magazine - August 16, 2018
Housand puts forth ideas that manage to bridge the gap between theory and practice—and he does it all without underestimating (or pandering to) the teachers or students he imagines using his guide. Without being glib or overly serious, Housand has created a highly accessible, highly useful guide.
Review by: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - May 13, 2018

Professor Housand's Fighting Fake News! is ideal for teaching students and members of the public how to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information in this age of Fox News and Russian interference in our American democracy via a politically weaponized social media. Simply stated, a copy of Fighting Fake News!: Teaching Critical Thinking and Media Literacy in a Digital Age should be a part of every community, highschool, college, and university library Media Studies and Contemporary Political Science collection and supplemental studies reading list.


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