Students will develop a better understanding of conspiracies, conspiracy theories, and how to avoid being tricked by "froot loop conspiracy theories."




Day 1 Activity (Introducing our Conspiracy Theories Unit)

Text of our Google Classroom assignment

We are starting a unit today about "fruit loop" conspiracy theories. I want you to think and learn about why people like conspiracy theories, how to watch out for wild / crazy conspiracy theories, and how we can avoid being tricked by conspiracy theories. This is part of MEDIA and WEB LITERACY.

Watch theodd1sout video, "Conspiracy Theories and Crazy People."

- https://video.link/w/dCl7d

Draw a sketchnote of the video using SKETCHBOOK and your stylus on your iPad using the app, "Sketchbook."

Read and analyze the English WikiPedia article for the creator, James Rallison.


(Remember it is IMPORTANT to check out the SOURCES of information we find online, and consider whether or not we consider them TRUSTWORTHY and RELIABLE.) This is "fact checking your feed" SIFT:

S - STOP when you encounter something unfamiliar, or especially something you have an emotional response to

I - INVESTIGATE THE SOURCE, explore the expertise and agenda of the source

F- FIND TRUSTED COVERAGE, look for multiple, trusted sources on a topic

T - TRACE TO THE ORIGINAL, find the original source for the idea, claim, image or video clip

Create a NARRATED SKETCHNOTE, using your finished sketchnote, answering the following 3 questions. Create this as an iPad SCREENCAST:

1- What are some conspiracy theories you have heard about?

2- What is something you learned about James Rallison from his WikiPedia article.

3- How can you use "SIFT" to decide if a conspiracy theory is TRUE or if it's a 'fruit loop' idea? (something crazy people believe.)

Turn this assignment in TWO places:

1- In Google Classroom (ATTACH both your Sketchnote and Narrated Sketchnote video.)

2- Upload another COPY of your VIDEO to Google Drive, then add / embed BOTH your sketchnote IMAGE and narrated sketchnote VIDEO on your Google Site. (On the "Sketchnotes" page)

Then mark this assignment as COMPLETE in Google Classroom.

Day 2 Activity (SIFT 2 - Moon Hoax?)

Text of our Google Classroom assignment

Conspiracy Theories Unit Lesson 2: MOON HOAX?

Today we will introduce the SIFT web literacy framework in more detail (see attached slideshow) and watch a video by a YouTuber ("13 Reasons the Moon Landing was Fake") who claims that the Apollo Moon landings in 1969-1973 were faked by NASA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhxTwcslfCY

Your tasks are:

1- Create a SKETCHNOTE on your Chromebook about the MAIN IDEAS JP Sears shares in this video.

2- Review the English WikiPedia page for JP Sears https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JP_Sears and visit at least ONE of the referenced links / footnotes.

3- In Seesaw, RESPOND to the ACTIVITY "SIFT 2 - Moon Hoax?" and post your exported sketchnote

4- Include the following in your Seesaw narration:

A- Your FIRST NAME only

B- Today's Date

C- The topic you will address: "I'm going to talk about some of the main ideas shared by YouTuber JP Sears in this video about the Apollo Moon landings, and tell you a little about the SIFT web literacy framework.

D- Share at least 3 ideas JP Sears discussed in his video

E - Investigate the SOURCE: Discuss why JP Sears seems like a good or bad source about this topic

F - What common elements of “fruit loop” conspiracy theories do you notice in this video?

Fill out the attached SCRIPT BEFORE you narrate your sketchnote.

Introducing SIFT - Analyzing a Moon Hoax Video by @wfryer (April 2022)

Day 3 Activity (SIFT Part 3 - Debunking the Moon Hoax Conspiracy)

Text of our Google Classroom assignment

Blog Post #5

SIFT Part 3 - Debunking the Moon Hoax Conspiracy by @wfryer (April 2023)

In Spring 2022 in addition to the S.G Collins video, I  shared, "Why the Moon Landing COULDN'T Have Been Faked | Adam Ruins Everything." (5 min) If you're teaching this unit to older students the Collins' video could still be used, it's very good, but much longer (13 min) and denser / harder to follow and understand.

2022-23 School Year Culminating project (version 3.0)

Day 4-6 Culminating Activity / Final Video Project

Text of our Google Classroom assignment

Complete the STEPS in the attached "Script for Final SIFT Video (Froot Loop Conspiracy Theories)" Google Doc:

You will turn in 3 attachments here in Google Classroom::

1- Your completed VIDEO SCRIPT (attached)

2- Your final Adobe CC Express Video (download and UPLOAD here in Google Classroom)

3- The PUBLIC LINK to your final video on the DIGITAL STORIES or VIDEOS page on your website / portfolio, which includes the Adobe Spark / CC Express video both LINKED and EMBEDDED)

Script for Final SIFT Video (Froot Loop Conspiracy Theories) - May 2023

2021-22 School Year Culminating project (version 2.0)

2020-21 School Year Culminating project (version 1.0)

Day 4-5 Activity (3 Things I Learned About Conspiracy Theories Video)

Text of our Google Classroom assignment

Choose three ideas from our collaborative Google spreadsheet ("Things we learned about conspiracy theories") to create a 5 image narrated slideshow using Adobe Spark Video.

PLAN: Things I Learned About Conspiracy Theories