“Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media.”

“Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages we receive from television, radio, internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media.” – Media Literacy Project

In an age of fake news, we recognize the need to integrate media literacy across subject areas and beyond the school day. We greatly appreciate the many educators and organizations that have stepped up to create and share the timely resources we have curated, such as the Media Smarts video – Reality Check – News You Can Use and the NY Times Learning Network resources below.

Media Literacy Resources

NY Times Learning Network –  Skills and Strategies | Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources

Questioning Fake News

10 Questions for Fake News Detection – From the News Literacy Project

Factitious – From JOLT (Innovation in Journalism through Game Design), “a game that tests your news sense. Learn more about Factitious through this NPR article.

One Gut Check and Four Steps Students Can Apply to Fact Check Information – NPR’s Anya Komenetz pulls from work of researcher/author Mike Caufield, who recommends:

  • Check for previous work: Look around to see if someone else has already fact-checked the claim or provided a synthesis of research. [Some places to look: Wikipedia, Snopes, Politifact and NPR’s own Fact Check website.]
  • Go upstream to the source: Most web content is not original. Get to the original source to understand the trustworthiness of the information. Is it a reputable scientific journal? Is there an original news media account from a well-known outlet? If that’s not immediately apparent, then move to step 3.
  • Read laterally: Once you get to the source of a claim, read what other people say about the source (publication, author, etc.). The truth is in the network.
  • Circle back: If you get lost, or hit dead ends or find yourself going down a rabbit hole, back up and start over.

Be Internet Awesome – Google’s digital citizenship curriculum includes Don’t Fall for Fake. As you can see from the video below, the importance of including parents in the conversations is central. At the heart of the Be Internet Awesome curriculum is Interland, a “playful browser-based game, intended for grades 3-6,  that makes learning about digital safety interactive and fun.”

How Media Literacy Can Help Students Discern Fake News – From PBS, includes video of 3rd graders delving into media literacy.

Media Literacy Toolkit – Common Sense Education

The Common Sense Education Media Literacy Toolkit contains resources (Videos, Lessons, Articles, FAQs, Posters) for students, teachers and parents.
Common Sense Education: Media Literacy Toolkit

EGUSD Teachers and Administrators

Media Literacy Workshop

Be on the lookout for our Media Literacy Workshop – Thinking Critically About the News/Media Literacy in a “Misinformation” Age.


Note: Given the speed at which Media Literacy issues and resources change, we will be frequently updating this page. If you have resources you would like to share with us, please contact Gail Desler or Kathleen Watt.