News and News Analysis: Navigating Fact and Opinion in the Times

Help your class understand the difference between fact and opinion by exploring the New York Times homepage and articles. In pairs or small groups, pupils complete a scavenger hunt, answering the provided questions. Next, discuss the hunt and the idea of interpretive journalism. Finally, class members examine two articles about the same event at the sentence level to compare the mix of fact and opinion. An additional extension idea is included if you want to go deeper into the topic.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • The steps here encourage students to think about what they are reading and become well-informed and discerning citizens
  • Suggested articles for analysis are linked in the lesson as are discussion questions
Cons

  • Teacher will need to prepare and select some materials before conducting the lesson
Included Materials - Join to Access

  • The New York Times Homepage
  • Reader's Guide
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