What is Fake News?
The New York Times defined “fake news” on the Internet as false articles deliberately fabricated to deceive readers, generally with the goal of profiting through clickbait. Clickbait is content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page.
- Find credible information from digital magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other resources available online through the EHSS library or through the Toronto Public Library .
Here are some tips from the Toronto Public Library on how to spot Fake News.
Fake News and Social Media
Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter enable information sharing among their users, and many of these platforms present ‘news’ items, ads or ‘sponsored content’ in a manner that makes it difficult to distinguish real news sources from spoofed sites, or hoax sites. Most social media platform ad space is sold through brokers, meaning the platform often has no idea what is being advertised on their site. These characteristics make social media platforms an ideal place for fake news to flourish.
A good example of this can be seen in this article, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s post about fake news is lined up beside two fake news items.
Still not sure? Too good to be true? Browse these websites and check for yourself or speak with a teacher-librarian.
- Media Bias/Fact Check
- Includes a searchable database of media sources and articles that are categorized according to bias, from extreme left to extreme right. Note that “bias” is subjective, and not the same thing as “fact.”
An independent website that covers urban legends, modern folklore, internet rumours, and other stories of questionable origin.
Another independent myth-busting website, this one focuses on dubious stories that resurface year after year, instead of “breaking” news and current events.
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and the last Thursday of November in the US.
To learn more about how the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Canada read about it in the Canadian Encyclopedia. To discover how Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US check out Encyclopedia Britannica
Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October. The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578.
There are a number of family activities happening around Toronto. Click here for a list
DROP EVERYTHING AND READ (or quite study) begins Tuesday, October 3.
On October 3rd our school Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) program will begin. Every Tuesday and Thursday all Earl Haig students and staff dedicate 20 minutes to uninterrupted reading (or quiet study). Unplug, unwind and be prepared to be silent every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:05-10:25
Are you ready for DEAR? It is just around the corner, so we strongly encourage you to visit our Library Commons to browse for a new read.
Visit our library catalogue to locate a book today. Happen reading Haig!
Carpe Librum: Seize the book!
On Friday September 29, students and staff across the TDSB will come together and wear Orange Shirts to recognize the harm that the Residential School System did to First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and to recognize that every child matters.Orange Shirt Day has been marked in schools across Canada in a variety of ways, including Orange Ribbon campaigns, commemorative walks, and wearing orange shirts. Over 6,500 survivor statements have been collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which concluded in 2016 after six years of research and testimonies. Senator Murray Sinclair has stated that “reconciliation must fall in the hands of Canadians, not solely with Indigenous peoples.”
“Orange Shirt Day is a movement that officially began in 2013 but in reality it began in 1973 when six year old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, BC. The date, September 30, was chosen becaus
e that was the time of the year the trucks and buses would enter the communities to “collect” the children and deliver them to their harsh new reality of cultural assimilation, mental, sexual and physical abuse, shame and deprivation. The impact of residential schools affects every Canadian.”
See Phyllis Webstad’s story below (originally published in Native News Online) and learn more online.For more information visit www.tdsb.on.ca/aboriginaleducation.
Be sure to return any library books and pay your fines by Friday. May 26! Avoid delays in getting your yearbook. See a Teacher-Librarian if you need to use a book past this due date.