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Don't Get Duped: Critical Thinking, by Author Heather L. Montgomery

from Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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Kidlit nonfiction author Heather L.
Montgomery shares examples from the animal and kidlit world of intentional
and unintentional falsifications, examples that help student’s expand their ability to evaluate sources of information. Stories of a fish who is duped by the allure
of a lure which eventually explodes in its mouth, a human who jumped on the Big Foot bandwagon too quickly, a mother meerkat who is duped into
dropping her baby’s lunch by warning from a seemingly trustworthy source. The stories help students wrestle with logical fallacies, confirmation
bias, and the process of fact-checking. 
Students should be prepared with paper and writing utensil. The session includes a short writing exercise. 

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About This Program


Point to Point: $300.00
Point to Point Premium: $300.00


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Public Library: Library Staff

Minimum participants:

No Minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Character Education, Technology/Information Science, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Gifted & Talented

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We make every effort to rebook. We will not charge for cancellation due to nature (i.e. snow days); however, other cancellations with less than a two day notice will incur a $100.00 kill fee.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb, Heather Montgomery, Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy, Steve Swinburne , Peggy Thomas, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


1. Program begins with engaging examples of animals that dupe one another for various reasons
2 Students hear stories and evaluate the techniques of trickery being utilized
3 Students compare techniques used in the natural world to those used in the human world
4 Students learn how the author has ferreted out the truths from the rumors during research for books
5 Students create their own statements and evaluate those of others for clues of deceit
6 Question and answer period as time allows


Students will explore the motivation behind false claims.
Students will evaluate specific claims.
Students will assess the reasoning behind a claim.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS Litaracy Standards Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text...