Answer Key: Russians Threaten U.S. 2020 Election

Lesson Plan:  Russians Threaten U.S.General Elections With Fake News (Again)

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. disinformation |ˌdisənfərˈmāSH(ə)n| noun false information that is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.
  2. *information laundering Telling a lie to another party via a  lawyer, [or social media] so that now the other party believes it. (e.g., I got my lawyer to do some information laundering so that idiot would believe me.
  3. anonymous |əˈnänəməs| adjective -(of a person) not identified by name; of unknown name: the anonymous author of Beowulf | the donor’s wish to remain anonymous | an anonymous phone call.
  4. edit |ˈedət| verb (edits, editing, edited) prepare (written material) for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it: Volume I was edited by J. Johnson.
  5. immutable |i(m)ˈmyo͞odəb(ə)l| adjective unchanging over time or unable to be changed: an immutable fact.
  6. evidence |ˈevədəns| noun the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid: the study finds little evidence of overt discrimination.
  7. meddle |ˈmedl| verb [no object] interfere in or busy oneself unduly with something that is not one’s concern: I don’t want him meddling in our affairs | (as noun meddling) : bureaucratic meddling.
  8. obfuscation |ˌäbfəˈskāSH(ə)n| noun  the action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible: when confronted with sharp questions they resort to obfuscation | ministers put up mealy-mouthed denials and obfuscations
  9. F.B.I. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency.
  10. fake |fāk| adjective not genuine; counterfeit: fake News;| expressing fake emotions. • (of a person) claiming to be something that one is not: a fake president.



New Oxford American Dictionary

*Urban Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Identifying Prepositions

  1. The Russian group that interfered in the 2016 presidential election is at it again.
  2. The disinformation campaign by the Kremlin-backed group is known as the Internet Research Agency.
  3. Now Facebook and Twitter are offering evidence of this meddling.
  4. The group has been a less important part of Russia’s operations this year, according to two American intelligence officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.


Identify The  Speakers

Ben Nimmo: His firm, Graphika, worked with Facebook to release a report on the fake site: “The Russians are trying harder to hide; they are increasingly putting up more and more layers of obfuscation.”

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security: “The goal appeared to be to drive people to the Peace Data site, which billed itself as a global news organization.”

Bill Russo, a spokesman for the Biden campaign: “The Russian activity was proof of two immutable facts: Russia is attempting to interfere in our elections on behalf of Trump, and Facebook’s platform is a key vector for these efforts.”