Find the Truth. Practice Media Literacy. Share the News.

Build students' media literacy skills as they follow this story:

A storm is coming. A mysterious illness has the community on edge. Residents have questions about their safety and the state of the city's infrastructure. Officials stand by their reports. What's the truth? 

Civics Education - iThrive Sim

Media Literacy Simulation Game


In iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts, your high school classroom transforms into a newsroom as your students step into the role of reporters. Seeking the truth, they'll dig deep to find credible sources and collaborate to get the story out about an impending storm in this media literacy role-playing simulation.

Media Literacy Meets Play - iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts

Media Literacy Meets Play in iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts

When your students play this media literacy role-playing simulation, they will:

Media Literacy: Practice effective sourcing of information

Practice effective sourcing of information

Media Literacy Meets Play in iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts

Become aware of and describe bias

Media Literacy: Practice collaboration and communication

Practice collaboration and communication

A 2018 report showed a number of trends that impact our shared understanding of the truth: increasing disagreements about data and facts, blurred lines between people's opinions and reportable facts, and a reduction in trust of previously respected sources of factual information. Follow the Facts gives students a chance to practice media literacy skills they can use to help restore a shared understanding of the truth.

Media Literacy Meets Play in iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts

Media Literacy and Civics Education - iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts

Media Literacy Meets Play in iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts

  • Standards: iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts and its accompanying facilitator and lesson guides are aligned to core standards and content requirements at the state and national level, as well as to specific social and emotional learning goals.
  • Classroom Set-Up: This scenario offers roles for five students, which can be completed in four to five class periods. The planning for class time has already been done for you in the form of our lesson guides.
  • Curriculum: Follow the Facts comes with lesson guides designed to support media literacy and social and emotional learning before and after the experience.
  • Tech: Play takes place on a web-based, device-agnostic platform and is available in any educational space or home with access to WiFi and a 1:1 device such as a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. It's perfect for virtual learning, hybrid, and in-person classrooms.

iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts was developed in partnership with the Situation Room Experience.


iThrive Sim has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities CARES: Cultural Organizations (Education). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Media Literacy Meets Play in iThrive Sim: Follow the Facts