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Disciplinary, Information & Media Literacy

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Teaching the Colorado Academic Standards in social studies is supported through a wide array of free instructional resources. This webpage lists just a few of these resources and is updated regularly.

If you are an educator in Colorado and have suggestions for a great free resource please email Stephanie Hartman.

The resources provided on this website are intended to provide a quick access list for educators to use in a way that supports their instructional planning. Provided resources should be previewed and used with teacher discretion. Because this page contains resources outside of the CDE website, CDE cannot control changes in outside content and listing these resources does not indicate an endorsement by the Colorado Department of Education. 

Center for News Literacy Resources at Stony Brook University A variety of resources including links to fact-checking websites.

Digital Citizenship lessons from Common Sense Education  Curricular materials to help all students develop the digital citizenship skills necessary to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. 

News and Media Literacy Resource Center from Common Sense Education  This collection of news and media lessons, videos, printables, and more can help students learn to navigate a noisy, biased, and challenging world, and with the right support, they can learn to be critical and not cynical -- to speak up, not sit back.

News Literacy Project  Provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.

PBS Learning Media: News and Media Literacy Collection  This collection, which includes videos, blog articles, student handouts, lesson plans, and tip sheets for families, helps students identify, analyze, and investigate the news and information they get from online sources.

PBS Newshour EXTRA  News for Students and Teacher Resources Grades 6–12.

Stanford History Education Group - Civics Online Reasoning The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world.