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Mar 23, 2020 2020-03-23

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Examining Media Stories About COVID-19

STEM teacher William Reed from Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep in Chicago has shared a multipart lesson—“Coronavirus: What’s the Real Story?”—in a blog post on the website of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). In the lesson, students examine media representations about the coronavirus, review authoritative sources and what they say about the disease, and strategize how to evaluate any sources of information and claims that they make. Additionally Kathleen Currie Smith, a library media specialist, and Sean Law, a math teacher at Ledyard High School, in Connecticut, co-created “What’s the Deal with the Coronavirus?”—a lesson that combines an analysis of media stories about the novel coronavirus and a math activity to calculate the probability of catching the virus and dying from it, based on publicly available data.

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