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.

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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