Unit Plan

Citizens Together: You and Your Newspaper

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Not all news in a newspaper comes in the form of a traditional article; photographs, charts, and even editorial cartoons help spread important information, too. A civics-based unit describes the parts of the newspaper as tools for helping keep citizens informed. Individual lessons provide an overview of the structure of the newspaper, and then move to specific lessons focused on the individual freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, including the freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of assembly, freedom of petition, and freedom of religion.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a class newspaper following the structure of a typical newspaper and including articles from scholars on issues they have learned about recently
Classroom Considerations
  • Individual lessons may align to additional Common Core State Standards as outlined on page 7 of the document
  • Works best with paper copies of the newspaper
  • Includes lessons for both middle school and high school social studies
  • Helps promote cross-curricular connections 
  • Lacks examples of completed handouts or sample answers