Lesson Plan

Interviewing: The Art of Asking Questions

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Interviewing skills are important, even outside of a news reporter's desk or employer's office. Take your class through the process of interviewing people they don't know with a set of case studies featuring journalists and various subjects of the interviews. Next, learners discuss social media and what they would tweet to the mayor of their city if they had the chance.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a journalism class when discussing reporting and interviewing etiquette
  • Have ASB or fundraising kids complete the lesson before making cold calls, or asking people they don't know for support
  • Encourage learners to turn the interviews of their peers, parents, or members of their community into a newspaper article, along with other articles they write in a unit (current events, weather, editorials, etc.)


Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is designed for one 45-minute class period, but may take longer if addressing each point and activity
  • Provides a packet of case studies for individuals to use, each with tips and reference points
  • Includes ways for learners to become involved in the interview process, such as social media and class discussions
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