In the Mathiness of Truthiness, students study the ways that journalists use data to tell stories with varying degrees of integrity. Then, they collect their own original data, study it, and produce their own newspapers and magazines, being as true as possible to the stories they finds in their data.
Academic skills & content: Bivariate statistics, trend-lines, correlation, r-squared values, and residuals.
Final product: Student groups publish magazines and newspapers with articles, graphs, and infographics derived from data gathered in their original research.
Suggested duration: 2 to 4 weeks.
Created with the support of the California Department of Education California Career Pathways Trust