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Spotlight on Strategies:3 truths and 1 lie

Create three truthful statements and one lie based on a video segment. Display after watching (and before if wanted). Students decide which is the lie, giving evidence as to why.

Big idea

It's important that we help our students strengthen their digital literacy. This involves helping students evaluate the most important concepts found in media. This activity helps students focus on key concepts and content.

Overview of strategy



one digital resource, four statements (three true, one lie), paper, pen/pencil

  1. Preview a video segment or audio file, or reading passage relating to a current topic. 
  2. Create three true statements and one lie based on your digital selection.
  3. Display the three truths and one lie to students. Ask students to tell a partner which one they believe is the lie and why.
  4. Explain to the students that they will be watching or listening to a segment that will reveal the truth. They will need to support their responses with evidence from the selection.
  5. Play the digital segment and pause intermittently to allow students to take notes.
  6. When the segment is completed, students should work in pairs or small groups to discuss which statements were true and which one was a lie, providing supporting evidence for each.
Sum it up

This strategy is an excellent way for students to analyse important concepts, discern fact and fiction and provide evidence to support their statements.

More ideas
  • Use a web tool like AnswerGarden to allow students to enter quick facts they have learned. AnswerGarden converts student responses into a word cloud.
  • Encourage students to create their own 3 truths and 1 lie.
  • Use their examples to create a formative assessment in a unit of study.
  • Display the truths and lie after the video to encourage concentration while watching.

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