October eBook of the Month: Fake News

2018 Election and Lesson Plans for Fake News

The October eBook of the Month is Darcy Pattison’s THE NANTUCKET SEA MONSTER: A FAKE NEWS STORY

October is the perfect time to look ahead to the 2018 election season. How will you teach your students about elections, especially in these days of FAKE NEWS?

Mims House free ebook of the month: THE NANTUCKET SEA MONSTER: A FAKE NEWS STORY

The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story

  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • 2018 NCTE Notable Childen’s Book in Language Arts
  • Translated into Korean

Mims House’s free eBook of the Month is the non-political and true story of a fake news story. In 1937, news came from Nantucket Island, just off the shore of Boston, that a sea monster had been sighted. The news spread across the United States via reports on the news wires. Fake news reports. The newspapermen involved all knew that it wasn’t real, and yet, they published the articles anyway.

What was the sea monster?

SPOILER ALERT, BUT YOU’RE GONNA LOVE THIS!

Tony Sarg, the inventor of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloons lived on Nantucket Island. In 1937, he designed a sea monster balloon for the parade. As a publicity stunt, he worked with officials to create the illusion of a sighting.

The sea monster balloon in the 1937 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. From The N Magazine. Free eBook of the Month
The sea monster balloon in the 1937 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. From The N Magazine.

Find links to Lesson Plans for Fake News here.

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