Hands Up, Don't Shoot!

Why is it so difficult to develop a clear understanding of the events surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer? To answer this question class members listen to a NPR discussion of the findings of the Department of Justice reports, analyze excerpts from the report, and watch a video that focus on the challenges journalists faced in reporting about the events. Finally, class members consider what they can do to "bridge . . . gaps in understanding" among individuals, police, and journalists.

1 Collection 43 Views 11 Downloads
CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Do provide class member with the transcript of the NPR radio conversation so that they can take notes as they listen to the broadcast
Classroom Considerations

  • The 10th in an 11-resource case study of the social media and professional news reporting of the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer
Pros

  • Excerpts from the DOJ report and the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot! Build on a Lie" news article clarify some of the misconceptions about the events in Ferguson
  • Links are provided to all required materials
Cons

  • None