Lesson Plan

Is It News?

Is it news or not? That is the question young journalists must consider in a lesson about newsworthiness. Class members watch a short video that details five key characteristics of quality, credible news. Individuals then use these tips to identify whether items from other media are either news items or not.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Enlarge, print, and display the "Is It News" poster
Classroom Considerations
  • A free NewseumED account is required to access the video and the media map
  • Requires copies, one per participant, of the two worksheets
Pros
  • Includes answer keys for the two worksheets
Cons
  • None