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Common Core State Standard L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
News Video for: 11/14/2016
Facebook CEO responds to election critics
Mark Zuckerberg thinks it's "pretty crazy" for people to blame Facebook for contributing to the election results. Critics have blamed Facebook for swaying public opinion by spreading fake news articles about each candidate. Fake news articles appear to have become more common on Facebook after it replaced its human editorial team with a computer algorithm earlier this year. Zuckerberg defends Facebook by saying it is just a tech company.
Class discussion: Do you believe what you read on Facebook and other social media? Why or why not? Before you re-post it, do you check social media “news” to see if it’s true? How do you check news stories? What newspapers or other sources do you use to verify a news report? Where did the fake news reports come from during the campaign? Should social media companies be held responsible for content on their sites? Are people more likely to believe a lie if it agrees with their existing beliefs?