Lesson Plan

Newspapers in Your Life: What’s News Where?

This Newspapers in Your Life: What’s News Where? lesson plan also includes:

Big news isn't necessarily newsworthy everywhere! How do journalists decide what to cover with so much happening around them? A instructional activity on media literacy examines the factors that affect the media's choice of stories to report. Scholars read headlines from around the world, then focus their attention on how news outlets covered a particular story in different regions of the country.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Pair pupils to save time and reduce the individual reading load 
  • Choose the topic for the final activity in advance, so you can do a little research of your own to determine the differences in reporting from region to region
Classroom Considerations
  • Plan one class period of individual computer time for student research
  • The subject matter is interesting and eye-opening
  • Web-based resources are well-organized and easy for individuals to access
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