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Snooping Around Snopes: Assessing Fake News

This lesson revolves around reading and discussing Carl Sagan’s “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection” and then sending students to Snopes.com to explore the large archive of hoaxes, crazes and fake news stories. Website Resource for Fact-Checking Snopes.com has become

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Truth, Lies and Bullshit

Part 1: What is the difference between Truth, a Lie and Bullshit? Students should begin by writing brief definitions of these words –> WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?  TRUTH, LIE, SATIRE/ JOKE, FICTION, MISTAKE, BULLSHIT (or, politely, BS) After 10 minutes, discuss how these concepts overlap

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Additional Resources

Center for Talented Youth and Other Curricula of Note: http://squirefoundation.org/curricula/ Teaching and Learning Resources: http://squirefoundation.org/curricula/ High School Ethics Bowl Case Archives: http://nhseb.unc.edu/resources/case-archive/ 2016-17 Regional High School Ethics Bowl Case Set: https://nhseb.unc.edu/files/2012/04/2016-17-Regional-Case-Set.pdf    

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

ETHICS BOWL: Case archive: http://nhseb.unc.edu/resources/case-archive/ 2016-17 Ethics Bowl Cases: https://nhseb.unc.edu/files/2012/04/2016-17-Regional-Case-Set.pdf   Squire Family Foundation Resources: http://squirefoundation.org/teaching-learning/ Center for Talented Youth: http://squirefoundation.org/curricula/   PACTISS (Australian Philosophy in Senior Schools Resource): http://pactiss.org/  

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