© 2018 by the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics

Students explore their identities and communities, identify civic issues that matter to them, and consider how they might use digital media for civic participation.

Students work to understand and analyze civic information online, and consider what information they

can trust.

Students navigate diverse perspectives and exchange ideas about civic issues in our inter-connected world .

Students consider how, when and to what end they can create, remix and otherwise re-purpose content that they share with others in online spaces.

Students consider a broad range of tactics and strategies for acting on civic issues. 

INVESTIGATE

UNDERSTAND AND ANALYZE CIVIC INFORMATION ONLINE,
CONSIDER WHAT INFORMATION YOU CAN TRUST

closing

reflection

Closing Reflection

(10-15 minutes)

 

Loop back to the essential questions you covered with your students and ask them to complete a written reflection. Ask students to consider how their thinking about judging credibility, considering their political bias, detecting “fake news,” and/or analyzing visual forms of information may have changed and what new strategies they have learned. Ask students to take stock of what they learned by writing a letter of advice for students a few years younger. (You can modify the prompts below based on the activities you chose to do in this module.)

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  • Explain 1-2 things they can do to judge the credibility of civic information online.

  • Explain 1-2 things they can do to not let confirmation bias from clouding your judgement.

  • Explain 1-2 things they can do to understand & analyze visual forms of civic information online.

 

You can have students pair up and share with one another the tips and strategies they wrote. You could also ask them to share out 1 tip or strategy they had in common with the whole class in a discussion.