What Is Newsworthy?

What is news? What is newsworthy? Who decides and what criteria do they use? Introduce young journalists to the basics of reporting with this media literacy lesson plan.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If computers are not available in the classroom, use a variety of newspapers for the exercise, then visit the computer lab and have learners examine online news sources
Classroom Considerations

  • The first in a series of 10 media literacy resources
Pros

  • The packet includes the lesson plan, a worksheet, and links to news sites designed for kids
Cons

  • The exercise presumes kids have computer access; however, the lesson can be used with newspapers as well