The primary purpose of the news is to inform people about important events. However, as has become clear recently, this process is not always what actually happens. Fake news, biased news sources, opinions disguised as facts and so on… these are realities of our modern news world. The goal of this unit is to learn how to become a more critical consumer of news by improving our media literacy skills.
Session 1 – “Read all about it!” Introduction to news and fairness
We will begin the unit by accessing our background knowledge of news reporting, reading different types of news sources, and we will even write some front page news of our own!
Session 2 – “Inverted Pyramids” The content and structure of news
Now that we have introduced the unit and produced some practice news reports, it is time to revise the content and structure of news reports.
Session 3 – Fact vs opinion – the language of the news
Today we learn to distinguish fact from fiction. We will also look at the editorial – an appropriate place for opinions in the news.
Session 4 – Objectivity vs Subjectivity
In the last lesson, we learned to distinguish fact from fiction. Often, writers try to hide opinions as facts. Today, we will learn about the concepts of objectivity and subjectivity and learn how to identify opinions disguised as facts.
Session 5 – Bias
Today we learn about different types of bias as well as the words and techniques that may indicate bias. We will also practice identifying biased language in news stories.
Session 6 – Close reading
Session 7 – The Internet, technology and news
Session 8 – Comparative analysis
Session 9 – Creating a news story
Task 6 – Close reading of a news report
Task 7 – Comparative analysis of two news reports
Task 8 – Original news report