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Media Literacy, Research


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


English Language Arts


180 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Docs, Google Slides


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Getting the Truth (The Climate Beat for Student Journalists #2)

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Apr 10, 2024
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In this lesson, students learn the importance of countering misinformation and begin researching for their article about the climate crisis.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students analyze best practices for climate change journalism and teach each other through a collaborative presentation.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students play a game to practice critical thinking and misinformation debunking skills.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students conduct background research for their climate change article.

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Teaching Tips


  • This lesson can be incorporated into an English language arts class, a journalism class, a science class, or a student newspaper club.

  • This lesson provides multiple opportunities for students to participate in hands-on, self-directed, and collaborative activities.

  • Students explore authentic resources for journalists through the Covering Climate Now website.

  • Students practice critical thinking and research skills that can transfer to other topics and disciplines.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 2 of 4 in our 9th-12th grade The Climate Beat for Student Journalists unit.

  • Students should have a basic understanding of climate change.

  • Students will need access to the Internet and a device to complete the reading in the Inquire section, the game in the Investigate section, and the research in the Inspire section.


  • Teachers can extend the Inspire section to multiple class periods of research.

  • Students can turn in their research documents and responses to reflection questions as a portfolio that teachers assess for a grade. For example, the grade could be based on adhering to instructions, following best practices, and thoroughness.

  • To watch best practices for climate change journalism in action, students can view the hour-long documentary Burning Questions: Covering Climate Now.
Scientist Notes

Misinformation about climate change could stifle attempts to combat global warming and could distort people's perceptions and opinions about the issue. With the help of this lesson, students will be able to recognize methods for discussing climate change and reporting on it, such as spotting flawed arguments and climate misinformation as well as debunking scientific skepticism. This lesson has passed our science review process after we've gone through all the resources.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.AA.9–10.7 Describe and evaluate the argument and specific claims in an informational text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and reasoning.
      • RI.MF.11–12.6 Synthesize complex information across multiple sources and formats to develop ideas, resolve conflicting information, or develop an interpretation that goes beyond explicit text information (e.g., express a personal point of view, or new interpretation of the concept).
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.ES.9-10.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any false reasoning or distorted evidence.
      • SL.ES.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.WR.9–10.5 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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