Break the Fake Lesson Plan: Verifying information online Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 6-9

Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts

Duration: 1 1/2 hours plus time for the evaluation/assessment task

This lesson plan is part of the Break the Fake project. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

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This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


In this lesson, students participate in a workshop that teaches them four quick, easy steps to verify online information. After practicing these four steps they create a public service announcement aimed at teaching one of these steps and spreading the message that it is necessary for everyone to fact-check information we see online every time we are going to share it or act on it.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Learn simple steps for verifying online information
  • Practice verifying online information
  • Understand digital literacy key concepts:
    • Digital media are networked
    • Digital media are shareable and persistent
    • Interactions through digital media can have a real impact
    • Digital media experiences are shaped by the tools we use
  • Create a media text

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.