Reading, writing, fighting fake news

Updated 9:47 AM ET, Wed March 29, 2017

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(CNN)"Jennifer Aniston did WHAT to her hair?" screams the headline.

Below the headline is a photo of the actress with a military buzz cut, along with a quote about how she'd shorn her iconic blonde locks for a role.
The online article, printed on handouts that Alexis Gerard has distributed to her class at Clemente Middle School in Germantown, Maryland, is startling. It's irresistible.
It's fake.
Students at Clemente Middle School in Germantown, Maryland, read a made-up story about actress Jennifer Aniston.
Gerard is using the story to remind the 11- and 12-year-olds they shouldn't believe everything they read online.
"There's so much fake news out there, they really don't know what's true anymore," Gerard says.