Lesson Plan

News Journalism: Definitions and Comments about the News - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level(s): Grades 7 - 10

Author: This unit was adapted from lessons created by Rosalind Ross, David Halliday and John Crocker of the Durham Board of Education in The AML Anthology (1990), produced by the Association for Media Literacy.


In this lesson, students debate the question «what is news?» and analyze and assess their own personal news sources.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • an understanding about what constitutes «news»
  • an awareness of the multiple sources of news
  • an awareness of their own news sources

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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