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Is It News?

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Title:

Is It News?

URL:

https://newseumed.org/tools/lesson-plan/it-news

Content Source:

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Newseum
Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

Are your students savvy searchers? Can they spot the difference between a straight news article and an opinion piece? Do they recognize bias in their sources … or in themselves?

Do you need Fact Finder: Your Foolproof Guide to Media Literacy’s 11 flexible, multimedia lesson plans to tackle these challenges. Eight skill-building lesson plans introduce essential media literacy concepts through engaging explainer videos and colorful infographics that help students revisit, retain and apply the key concepts. The accompanying News or Noise? Media Map provides a collection of examples ready for students to analyze and evaluate with the support of worksheets and discussion prompts. Three reporting lesson plans help students take what they’ve learned and apply it to their own content creation, inspired by the issues that matter to them.

A simple flowchart and video explain how to differentiate news from other types of information; then students put their news-spotting abilities to the test.

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Content Standard(s):
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 7
13) Compare and contrast information available locally and globally.

Example: Review an article published in the United States and compare to an article on the same subject published in China.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • select a global topic and research the information available on that topic locally as well as in another country.
  • share similarities and differences in the information found in the local and global media.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • culture, government, and media can affect how data is shared and presented.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • research a topic, finding web resources authentic to a geographic location for the purposes of comparing that data to information available locally: within our country, state, county.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • many factors drive what information is shared by media.
  • data shared may not be unbiased, accurate, or truthful.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 7
23) Demonstrate the use of a variety of digital devices individually and collaboratively to collect, analyze, and present information for content-related problems.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • use any devices available for data collection and research to present on an assigned or chosen content
  • related issue.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • that often there exists a devices that will be better for a task than another device.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • use multiple devices to research and collect data to compile a presentation.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • in research, the tool used is less important than the information gathered.
Tags: factual information, flowchart, news, noise
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Author: Aimee Bates