Media Literacy: Critical Thinking Questions for Analyzing Fake News

Your Name and Title:   Frank W Baker, President

Library, School, or Organization Name:  Media Literacy Clearinghouse, Inc.

Co-Presenter Name(s):   NA

Area of the World from Which You Will Present:  Columbia, South Carolina USA

Language in Which You Will Present:  English

Target Audience(s):  Middle & High School

Short Session Description (one line):
Media educator Frank Baker introduces the media literacy critical thinking questions which provide a good starting point for helping students analyze fake news as well as all media messages.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
We know that many of our students have trouble distinguishing ads from news. We also know that many of them don't think critically about what they read, see and hear.  That's where media literacy comes in handy. It provides a starting point for critical inquiry. Frank, a long time media educator, likes to recommend that educators post the media literacy questions where students see them every day, so that they get in the habit of questioning the media with which they come in contact.

Since the fake news explosion, he has been quoted in School Library Journal, ASCD's Education Update, ISTE, and eSchool News. He has been featured several times on Education Blog Talk Radio.

Frank is the creator of The Media Literacy Clearinghouse website,, and has conducted hundreds of workshops with educators around the US as well as India, Singapore and Kenya.  

He is the author of "Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom, 2nd Ed, (ISTE) and the forthcoming "Close Reading The Media" (Routledge, Fall 2017). He is a regular contributor to   He invites educators to like MLC on Facebook and follow him on Twitter:@fbaker

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:  (The Media Literacy Clearinghouse) (Fake News Remedy Recommendations)

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