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This Just In!

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Title:

This Just In!

URL:

https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship/lesson/this-just-in

Content Source:

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Common Sense Media
Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

With mobile phone alerts, social media updates, and 24/7 news cycles, it's hard to escape the daily flood of breaking news. But do kids really understand what they're seeing when stories first break? Help students analyze breaking news with a critical eye for false or incomplete information, and discuss the downsides of our "always-on" news media culture.

Students will be able to:
  • Define breaking news, and understand why individuals and news outlets want to be first to report a story.
  • Analyze breaking news alerts to identify clues of false or incomplete information.
  • Reflect on the consequences of reacting right away to breaking news alerts.

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Content Standard(s):
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
R3) Assess the validity and identify the purpose of digital content.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • examine a grade
  • level appropriate text.
  • identify the point of view contained in the text.
  • identify possible bias contained in the text.
  • examine validity of the information contained in the text.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • validity
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • not all information shared is valid; some information is skewed to sway readers' opinions.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • research information to confirm whether the given information is true and unbiased.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • individuals and/or groups can manipulate information to meet an agenda.
  • it is important to verify information.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
14) Analyze current events related to computing and their effects on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • research current events related to computing.
  • analyze possible effects of current events on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • technology will always have positive and negative effects on others; it is important to examine the benefits and costs associated with implementing new technology.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • analyze current events related to computing.
  • analyze the effects of current events related to computing on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • it is important to examine the benefits and costs associated with implementing new technology.
Tags: 247 news cycle, bias, breaking news
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Author: Aimee Bates