Building news literacy: misinformation and disinformation

A global UNESCO survey found 85% of people are worried about the impact of online disinformation and 87% said disinformation would play a part in this year's elections. Help students build their knowledge of news literacy, misinformation and disinformation.


Students will work through real-life examples in the news to spot the difference between mis- and disinformation before deciding what "news-literacy actions" they could take to avoid being misled in future.

This resource was created as part of an online teacher-training course: Teaching the news. The course has been created by The Economist Educational Foundation with support from Infosys. The Economist Educational Foundation maintained full editorial control

About this lesson

Use this one-hour Headline lesson to help your students:

  • Understand the difference between mis- and disinformation
  • Use their knowledge to identify examples
  • Discuss "news-literacy actions" to avoid being misled in future

This lesson develops the following skill:

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