1. Locate two news stories or websites
that seems unlikely but are factual.
2. Find one news story or website that
is at least some what plausible but
3. Create a Google Document or
Slides presentation that contains
the three stories.
4. BONUS POINTS if the three stories
are related or focused on one topic.
Who is saying this?
Look for an ABOUT page to let you know what makes
them an expert?
WHAT? What is being said?
Is the information factual?
When was the information posted?
Is the information up to date?
Does it need to up to date?
HOW? How does the information make you feel? Is it meant
to evoke an emotional response?
WHY? Why is the information being posted? It is reporting
news, entertainment, selling something, for humor?
read on the
because there’s a
quote and a
picture next to it.”
CONSIDER THE SOURCE
Click away from the story to investigate
the site, its mission and its contact info.
Headlines can be outrageous in an effort
to get clicks. What’s the whole story?
CHECK THE AUTHOR
Do a quick search on the author. Are
they credible? Are they real?
Click on those links. Determine if the
info given actually supports the story.
CHECK THE DATE
Reposting old news stories doesn’t
mean they’re relevant to current events.
IS IT A JOKE?
If it is too outlandish, it might be satire.
Research the site and author to be sure.
CHECK YOUR BIASES
Consider if your own beliefs could
affect your judgement.
ASK THE EXPERTS
Ask a librarian, or consult a
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
With thanks to www.FactCheck.org
No single truth purveyor, no matter how reliable, should
be considered an infallible font of accurate information.
Folks make mistakes.
Or they get duped.
Or they have a bad day at the fact-checking bureau.
Or some days they are just being silly.
To not allow for any of this is to risk stepping into a
pothole the size of Lake Superior.
May you live in interesting
May you live in
Who controls the past
controls the future.
Who controls the present
controls the past.
If the next
trend could be
would be great.
Teaching Critical Thinking In A Post-Truth World
Dr. Brian Housand
Dec. 8, 2017
Brian Housand, Ph.D.