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Lesson: Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Always Mean You Should

Title

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Always Mean You Should

Description

A lesson on the differences between law and ethics

Summary

Students will evaluate the differences between journalism law and ethics using other professions as a starting point. Students will define ethics and examine Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.

Objectives

  • Students learn the importance of journalism ethics.
  • Students will understand the difference between law and ethics.
  • Students will evaluate examples and state whether the are in the law or ethics category.

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

Partnership for 21st Century Skills — Student Outcomes

Skills P21 outcomes
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Make judgments and decisions
Communication and Collaboration Communicate clearly
Media Literacy Analyze media
Social and Cross Cultural Skills Interact effectively with others

Length

50 minutes

Materials

Slideshow: Law vs. Ethics

Lesson step-by-step

1. Slideshow — 45 minutes

Teacher should go through the slideshow. Time allotments are in the teacher notes section of the slideshow.

2. Quiz — 5 minutes

Students will take a quiz (using notes) to reinforce the difference between law and ethics.

The quiz can be found at the end of the slideshow.