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This lesson introduces students to lateral reading, a strategy for investigating who's behind an unfamiliar online source by leaving the webpage and opening a new browser tab to see what trusted websites say about the unknown source. Students watch the teacher model lateral reading and then have a chance to practice the strategy to determine who is behind a website and, ultimately, whether that website is trustworthy.
Sort Fact from Fiction Online with Lateral Reading
Lateral reading is a powerful strategy that fact checkers use to evaluate information online.
Crash Course Video #3: Check Yourself with Lateral Reading
In this video, host John Green teaches you how to read laterally, opening new tabs in your browser to fact check as you read.