This is a discussion-heavy lesson plan meant to get students thinking about how they encounter news and media, what journalism is, bias or perspective in media outlets, and the challenges of news and fake news on the web. It is only a primer or discussion starter on these topics, and more discussion/reinforcement would be an excellent idea.
This assignment will help you walk your students through the process of synthesizing ideas from multiple articles into a paragraph. You can set this up in multiple ways - this exercise is meant to be flexible.
This exercise, created by Dr. Susan Schorn, Writing Flag Coordinator for the University of Texas, teaches students why they should cite sources and how evidence strengthens their arguments. This is usually assigned as a group exercise in class but could also be assigned as a take-home exercise.
Instructors are encouraged to use it as is or swap out the example passages for passages related to their course content.