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Law and Ethics

Introduction to Law and Ethics

Below you will find all the introductory lessons for the Law & Ethics module. The default table setting shows lessons in the sequence they are recommended, but you can also use the headers to sort for lessons according to the time it takes to teach the lesson, the type of lesson (direct instruction, projects, etc.), and the requirements for technology, and which lessons include modifications for special populations (gifted and talented, special education, etc.).
LessonOrderTime to teachType of lessonTech needsModifications
Overview of the First Amendment145-60 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
SPLC presentation: Press freedom245-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
Terms you need to know345-60 minutesPair/ group workSome computer access
Researching essential media law cases4More than 90 minutesProjectsSome computer access
Examining states' student free expression status5More than 90 minutesPair/ group workSome computer access

Foundations for student media

Below you will find lessons related to foundational student media issues within the Law & Ethics module. The default table setting shows lessons in the sequence they are recommended, but you can also use the headers to sort for lessons according to the time it takes to teach the lesson, the type of lesson (direct instruction, projects, etc.), and the requirements for technology, and which lessons include modifications for special populations (gifted and talented, special education, etc.).
LessonOrderTime to teachType of lessonTech needsModifications
Eight functions for journalism1More than 90 minutesAnalysis/ critiqueSome computer access
The importance of dissenting voices245-60 minutesAnalysis/ critiqueNo computers
Crafting the argument against prior review3More than 90 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
Understanding journalistic forum status4More than 90 minutesPair/ group workSome computer access
Creating a mission statement for student media5More than 90 minutesProjectsSome computer access
Introducing students to takedown requests645-60 minutesPair/ group workSome computer access
Making informed takedown decisions7More than 90 minutesAnalysis/ critiqueSome computer access

Specific legal topics

Below you will find lessons related to specific legal topics in the Law & Ethics module. The default table setting shows lessons in the sequence they are recommended, but you can also use the headers to sort for lessons according to the time it takes to teach the lesson, the type of lesson (direct instruction, projects, etc.), and the requirements for technology, and which lessons include modifications for special populations (gifted and talented, special education, etc.).
LessonOrderTime to teachType of lessonTech needs Modifications
SPLC presentation: Libel law145-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
SPLC presentation: Copyright245-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
SPLC presentation: Invasion of privacy345-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
Introduction to FERPA445-60 minutesPair/ groupSome computer access
SPLC presentation: Freedom of information545-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
Creating open records requests, part 1660-90 minutesPair/ groupSome computer access
Creating open records requests, part 2760-90 minutesPair/ groupSome computer access
SPLC presentation: Reporter's privilege845-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
Practice scenarios: Libel, copyright, FOIA, privilege945-60 minutesPractice/ formativeSome computer access

Ethics

Below you will find all the lessons related to ethics in the Law & Ethics module. The default table setting shows lessons in the sequence they are recommended, but you can also use the headers to sort for lessons according to the time it takes to teach the lesson, the type of lesson (direct instruction, projects, etc.), and the requirements for technology, and which lessons include modifications for special populations (gifted and talented, special education, etc.).
LessonOrderTime to teachType of lessonTech needsModifications
The difference between law and ethics145-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
Red light, green light process for ethics245-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
The TUFF process for making ethical decisions3More than 90 minutesPractice/ formativeNo computers
Applying ethics to scholastic journalism scenarios4More than 90 minutesPractice/ formativeNo computers
Exploring issues with anonymous sources5More than 90 minutesPair/ group workSome computer access
Learning to be fair, balanced and accurate6More than 90 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
When journalists err ethically7More than 90 minutesPractice/ formativeSome computer access
Ethical dilemmas in yearbook production845-60 minutesAnalysis/ critiqueSome computer access
Creating ethical guidelines and procedures9More than 90 minutesProjectsSome computer access
Ethical considerations for virtual reality1045-60 minutesAnalysis/ critiqueSome computer access
Ethical considerations for profanity1145-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
Law and ethics review and exam1245-60 minutesTests/ quizzesNo computers