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Lesson Plan (Grades 4-12): Media Awareness and Critical Thinking with COVID-19

Lesson Plan (Grades 4-12): Media Awareness and Critical Thinking with COVID-19

Created by a middle and high school teacher, Canada

I've been busy trying to organize to teach online and I wanted to do something that relates to what's going on with COVID-19 in a way that will help my students be more media aware. So, I developed this lesson plan and worksheets to go along with a lesson already prepared on Kids Boost Immunity on critical thinking and being aware of bias.

Teachers can adapt the lesson plan and supporting materials as needed to work for younger students (grades 4-6).

  • Lesson plans and supporting materials are created by a teacher(s) and are provided as is. These can be used or adapted by other teachers as needed.
  • When possible, content will be updated yearly for relevancy and to check links. However, teachers may find that over time links to external sources become unavailable. Teachers may want to consider replacing these with alternate sources.


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Download worksheets and make available to your students:

  • News stories rubric
  • Student worksheet evaluating trusted news sources
  • Student worksheet for online lessons (with answer key) - To hide from students, you have to be logged in and scroll down to the answer key section below!

Preview of Lesson Plan Below 

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Last modified: 
Feb 17, 2021