Comparing News Formats

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Is there a place for newspapers in an online world? How influential is the 24-hour television news cycle? High schoolers delve into an activity about three news formats—online news, print news, and newscasts—and consider the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as the ways that viewers and readers may walk away with different opinions about the same event.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the activity to individuals, pairs, or groups
  • Split the class into three parts, and have them come to the lesson having researched the same story in three different formats
  • Host a debate in which groups form persuasive arguments about the most effective news format
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson is part of a larger series on media literacy, but can stand alone as its own activity as well
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  • Fosters critical thinking and media literacy skills
  • Provides a thorough reference page to guide class discussion
  • Lends well to a research lesson as well as an informational text reading unit
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Common Core