In a world of online sources, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the COVID-19 facts from the fake. Check out the student guide that you can use with the resources in this post.
Have you heard rumors about COVID-19 cures? Check out this news video of the week from Tampa Bay Times NIE. What happened when the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found counterfeit coronavirus test kits at the O'Hare International Airport?
What happened? Why do people create and sell fake test kits? What is your opinion about what they did? Use (and download) the OREO opinion writing graphic organizer to plan an opinion piece.
Now, check out this Tampa Bay Times article on rumors and hoaxes that are spreading coronavirus fears.
What do you think about some of the hoaxes? What are the possible consequences of these hoaxes spreading? How can you protect yourself from scammers who are trying to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic?
Did you notice that the Tampa Bay Times turned to Politifact to determine facts from fake? At the bottom of this post, we included some other Fact Checking sites you can use. What are some reliable sources in these uncertain times? If you want to have the most current and reliable information, check:Then, check out this video by student reporters at CBC:
What did you learn?
Now, conduct some of your own research online. Use the strategy recommended by reporters and researchers: Lateral Literacy. Reading laterally means checking the truth and accuracy of the source (reading laterally) before reading the article (reading vertically). Find some article about COVID-19 online and use this when you are conducting your own research!
Record new facts you learned. Also, document some of the fake news that is out there.
Now, create your own video, article, or social media post to warn people about fakes and teach them about the facts!
Additional Free Fact Checking Sites:
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