Lesson 1: Journalism

Extra! Extra! Do your pupils know what it takes to be a good journalist? Young news hounds explore the world of journalism through a series of activities that focus on ethical reporting. Learners read, evaluate, and investigate popular news sources in the first of a five-part instructional activity series from iCivics.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson to explore the hot topic of ethics in journalism or to introduce journalism as a career
  • Have the class watch five news broadcasts per week independently and journal about the practices observed in each one
Classroom Considerations
  • Create a class set of handouts to accommodate both whole class and individual activities
  • Sign up for a free iCivics account to access online content related to the lesson
Pros
  • The fully stocked teacher's guide contains all of the planning resources and printables, plus an answer key
  • Activities are available as fillable PDF documents, which saves time and trees
Cons
  • None
Common Core