Evidence Locker Masthead

This Lens In Action: Mini-lessons to Try Tomorrow!

Chapter 4: [GRADES 6-8]

Mini Lessons - Grades 6-8

Mini Lesson #1

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  • Line-Ups: This activity is designed for use with all of the unit plans found in chapters 8-10.  However, they can also be used with any source material you select.  Note: while suspect cards were designed for easy printing, screenshots of individual images may also facilitate digital line ups. 
Notes for the Teacher
  1. Provide Digital Detectives with a list of suspects who may be responsible for creating false information.
  2. Then have them select one suspect from the “line-up” who they feel is most likely responsible, using what they know about suspect types to support their answers. 
Mini Lessons - Grades 6-8

Mini Lesson #2

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  • Heads Up Game – *Version 2: This activity is designed to help students become more familiar with specific suspects, their motivations, tools and how they win or lose at the false information game.

*Another version of this game can be found in the mini-lessons designed for grades 4-5

Notes for the Teacher

This activity is modeled after the popular game “Heads Up” and is designed for use with the Digital Detectives suspect cards

  1. Each Digital Detective is given a suspect card WITHOUT the information details included on the back.
  2. Set a timer for five minutes.
  3. When the time starts, Digital Detectives move about the room giving each other clues with the goal being to try to figure out their own suspect/card.
  4. In this version, students need to rely on their knowledge of the suspects, rather than the information cards.
  5. If a Digital Detective guesses their own card correctly, they put theirs back in the deck and retrieve another.
  6. When the five minutes is up, the round is over. The Digital Detective who identified the most suspect cards correctly wins.
  7. Repeat as many rounds as are desired. 
Mini Lessons - Grades 6-8

Mini Lesson #3

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Notes for the Teacher
  1. Students will need some familiarity with mis, dis and mal information prior to playing this game. The [INFOGRAPHIC] “Spot The Difference” can help!
  2. Note: there are two optional questions for reflection at the end.
Mini Lessons - Grades 6-8

Mini Lesson #4

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  • Honest Social Media ProfilesThis activity is designed to help students to:
    • think about the ways in which social media profiles can be manipulated to hide true motives
    • synthethize what they’ve learned about specific suspects
Notes for the Teacher
  1. Assign each student a specific suspect.
  2. Use the blank Honest Social Media Profile to have Digital Detectives create an HONEST social media profile for that suspect that reveals their goals, motives and tactices.
  3. This version may be used to provide Digital Detectives with specific directions.

POTENTIAL COLLABORATION: This work may support ELA standards related to characterization. This activity may also be used to reinforce those skills.