Welcome to Lesson One!

This course will take you through the basics of quick source and claim-checking, and introduce you to our "four moves", a series of actions to take when encountering claims and sources on the web.

These course materials can be used for self-study, as part of a formal course, or as a set of independent assignments to practice your skills.

The course is broken up into lessons, each of which can be completed in a single sitting. They take from 20 to 45 minutes, are composed of 5 to 15 pages, and include instruction and a series of exercises. While some exercises may seem repetitive, we recommend you complete them all, as the point is not just learning what fact-checking is, but building a fact-checking habit.

The first lesson is a bit longer than the rest, and will introduce you to our basic approach — the "four moves" and the acronym we use to remember them: SIFT. The lesson will take 40 minutes to complete, including all readings, activities, and videos.

The full list of lessons is listed below. But throughout the course, you can go to the next page by clicking the next page button. Do that now to get started with our first exercise, a game called FakeOut.

Next up: Fakeout!

All Lesson One Pages


The problem with checklist approaches

Introducing SIFT

Introducing the Notebook, Reflection Prompts, and In-Depth

The Miseducation of Dylann Roof

Conclusion of Lesson One