Fake News-a-Palooza! (12/5)

For today’s class, we’ll be focusing on Fake News (Sad! Very Unfair!). Below are links to some of the activities and readings we’re going to take a look at today:

I.) Factitious

II.) “What is Fake News?”—The Guardian

III.) Fake News Analysis

As a group, read through these two articles: this one and this one. Based on the information below, I’d like you to do is answer these two questions:

  1. Identify what category of news the article is
  2. Provide two pieces of evidence to support your claim


Some possible categories of Fake News (adapted from Fleitz 2017)

  1. Fake information—trying to mislead the reader
  2. Biased information—trying to push an agenda on the reader while not giving accurate representation to alternate perspectives
  3. Misleading information—not using sufficient information to support the point being made, leaving its validity unclear
  4. Satirical information—trying to use humor to make a point about a topic
  5. Valid information—using sufficient factual information and representing all perspectives accurately

Some possible strategies for evaluating the validity of news (Also from Fleitz 2017)


Select resources from Fleitz (2017), “Teaching Digital Rhetoric in the Age of Fake News: Media Literacy and Source Evaluation in the First-Year Writing Classroom.”  Link here.


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