iCivics – “NewsFeed Defenders” game

Lesson Duration

NewsFeed Defenders is a challenging game designed to sharpen students’ news literacy skills.

Objectives -

  • Identify markers of verification, transparency, accountability, and independence in news stories.
  • Define and identify problematic news items, and other news-related types of misinformation.
  • Explain a variety of strategies to verify images and information.
  • Evaluate text for bias based on word choices and framing methods.
  • Use third-party information to judge credibility of a source.

In Newsfeed Defenders, students will:

•  Join a fictional social media site focused on news and information
•  Learn elements of high-quality journalism and markers of deceptive posts
•  Spot dubious posts that sneak in through hidden ads, viral deception, and false reporting




iCivics is a nationally-renowned site founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor that provides innovative and interactive curricula and activities for civics/government classrooms.