Unit 7
4 • Citizenship and virtual worlds

Fact or fiction?

Drapeau anglais

To what extent can we believe the news we get?

Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper.

Brainstorming question

What sort of people do you associate fake news with?

Brainstorming question

Can you spot fake news?

IDIOM of the week!

No news is good news

The American journalist Anderson Cooper is the primary news anchor of CNN. He places a lot of importance on telling the truth when reporting news. This idiom means that if you don't hear that something bad has happened, it is because nothing bad happened. It is opposite to Anderson Cooper's view on journalism.

Brainstorming question

What is fake news according to you?

Let's learn!

Once upon a time

Make up article headlines using words from at least two categories of the mind map. Ex: Social media spreads a large quantity of believable fake news and clickbait.
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Watch this video. What was your favourite moment?

Workbook p. 49

Discuss the brainstorming questions.

Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo and the note, rephrase it in your own words.

Step 3

React to a fake news revelation.
Activity 4


  • naive / gullible /ˈgʌləbəl/ (adj.)
  • hoax / prank / conspiracy (n.)
  • photo /ˈfəʊtəʊ/ montage (n.)
  • look authentic / genuine / real (v.)
  • make up / invent (v.)
  • pretend / fake (v.)
  • trust / believe /bɪˈliːv/ in (v.)

Astronaut James B. Irwin during Apollo 15 mission, 1971. Photomontage by A. Dos Santos, 2019.
Astronaut James B. Irwin during Apollo 15 mission, 1971. Photomontage by A. Dos Santos, 2019.

What should you know about fake news?

  • believe (v.)
  • check (v.)
  • click (v.)
  • fall into a trap (v.)
  • imagine (v.)
  • make someone believe something (v.)
  • spread /ˈsprɛd/ (v.)

  • journalist (n.)
  • librarian (n.)
  • news anchor /ˈæŋkə/ (n.)
  • newsman (n.)
  • politician /ˌpɒlɪˈtɪʃən/ (n.)
  • teacher (n.)

  • clickbait (n.)
  • conspiracy theory (n.)
  • hoax /ˈhəʊks/ (n.)
  • misinformation (n.)
  • propaganda /ˌprɒpəˈɡændə/ (n.)
  • pseudoscience /ˈsjuːdəʊˌsaɪəns/ (n.)
  • satire /ˈsæˌtaɪə/ (n.)

  • (the) BBC / CNN / Sky / Fox News / ABC… (n.)
  • (the) Internet (n.)
  • newspaper (n.)
  • radio station /ˈtʃænəl/ (n.)
  • social media /ˈsəʊʃəl ˈmiːdɪə/ (n.)
  • TV channel (n.)

  • authentic /ˌɔːˈθɛntɪk/ (adj.)
  • believable ≠ unbelievable (adj.)
  • reliable /rɪˈlaɪəbəl/ (adj.)
  • unreliable /ˌʌnrɪˈlaɪəbəl/ (adj.)
  • verified (adj.)
  • too good to be true (exp.)

  • Countable quantifiers
  • few, a few, many, not many, a large number of, lots of, a lot of
  • Uncountable quantifiers
  • little, a little, much, not much, a large quantity of, lots of, a lot of

What should you know about fake news?

On your way to the task - Step 1

Present a piece of news: hoax or not?
Activity 1
Activity 2

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Your final project

Write about fake news for a social network and convince your readers.

Step 2

Make a video to raise awareness.
Activity 3

Get ready!

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Look at the vocabulary boxes below.

a. Choose a title for each box among:

fake vs real

b. Find five other words to add to the vocabulary boxes.


a. Look at the picture. What strikes you?

b. Do you recognize the event it refers to? What do you know about it? What does this document suggest? Why?

What is fake news and how to spot it.

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