Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Always Mean You Should
A lesson on the differences between law and ethics
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.
- 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
|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|
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.