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News Literacy

Foundations of news literacy

Below you will find all the foundational lessons in the news literacy 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
Understanding news literacy145-60 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
Evaluating your media savvy245-60 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
Why news matters345-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
The changing American newsroom445-60 minutesAnalysis/ critiqueNo computers
When journalists must advocate for themselves545-60 minutesAnalysis/ critiqueNo computers

Information gathering and fact checking

Below you will find all the fact checking lessons in the news literacy 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 expert curator1More than 90 minutesAnalysis/ critique1:1 computer access
Fact checking in the digital age245-60 minutesPractice/ formative1:1 computer access
How the pros fact check345-60 minutesAnalysis/ critique1:1 computer access
Truth and social media445-60 minutesDirect instructionNo computers

Bias and credibility

Below you will find all the lessons related to bias in the news literacy 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
Understanding selective exposure145-60 minutesAnalysis/ critique1:1 computer access
Covering sensitive topics: Media coverage of race cases245-60 minutesAnalysis/ critiqueSome computer access
Identifying bias in information345-60 minutesAnalysis/ critiqueSome computer access
Understanding source credibility445-60 minutesAnalysis/ critique1:1 computer access
Who is a journalist?545-60 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
Evaluating website credibility645-60 minutesAnalysis/ critique1:1 computer access

The business of media

Below you will find all the lessons related to media economics in the news literacy 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
Who owns the news?160-90 minutesDirect instructionNo computers
How the economics of news affects truth2More than 90 minutesProjectsSome computer access
Alternative funding models for news345-60 minutesDirect instructionSome computer access

Media literacy

Below you will find all the lessons related to media literacy in the news literacy 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 of teachType of lessonTech needsModifications
Developing literacy across media 145-60 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
News values and entertainment news245-60 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
How advertising affects us3More than 90 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
Introduction to visual literacy445-60 minutesAnalysis/ critique1:1 computer access
Are social networks useful for understanding news?5More than 90 minutesProjects1:1 computer access

News literacy for the publications staff

Below you will find all the lessons about news literacy for the publications staff in the news literacy 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
Critique your publication from a news literacy angle145-60 minutesAnalysis/ critiqueNo computers
Budgeting for content245-60 minutesPair/ group workNo computers
Making media literate decisions about sound and audio cues345-60 minutesAnalysis/ critique1:1 computer access
Reader focus groups460-90 minutesPair/ group workNo computers

Final project

Below you will find the final project for the news literacy 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
Final project: News literacy analysis1More than 90 minutesProjects1:1 computer access