Lesson Plan

In the Newsroom: The Fairness Formula

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Reporting the news is easy, right? Think again! Show young scholars the difficult choices journalists make every day through a lesson that includes reading, writing, and discussion elements. Individuals compare the language and sources in articles, then discuss the aspects of the stories that relate to fairness and accuracy.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide articles from diverse sources to give the class the opportunity to examine different reporting styles
  • Add one of the included extension activities to give learners a closer look at the journalism profession
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a variety of newspaper articles or a computer with Internet access to read articles online
  • Students evaluate very realistic scenarios to practice using fairness standards
  • The teacher's guide contains printables and engaging discussion questions
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