The.news: Newspapers in the Digital Age

The.News online video reports for the.Gov provide high school students with valuable exercises in language arts. Lesson plans are available to support multitudes of videos, e.g., “Cyberbullying: Effects on Teens
Across the Nation." Each lesson plan includes discussion questions, student activities, vocabulary, and primary reference sources on timely issues.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.7
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.7
Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.2
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make...
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.5
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding...
CLE 3003.2.6
Deliver effective oral presentations.
CLE 3003.7.1
Evaluate the aural, visual, and written images and other special effects used in television, radio, film, and the Internet for their ability to inform,...
CLE 3003.7.2
Examine the agreements and conflicts between the visual (e.g., media images, painting, film, graphic arts) and the verbal.
CLE 3003.7.3
Recognize how visual and sound techniques or design (e.g., special effects, camera angles, music) carry or influence messages in various media.
CLE 3003.7.4
Apply and adapt the principles of written composition to create coherent media productions.
TSS.ELA.11-12.RI.IKI.7
Evaluate the topic or subject in multiple diverse formats and media.
TSS.ELA.11-12.RL.IKI.7
Evaluate the topic, subject, and/or theme in multiple diverse formats and media, including how the version interprets the source text.
TSS.ELA.11-12.SL.CC.2
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media formats in order to make informed decisions and solve problems; evaluate the...
TSS.ELA.11-12.SL.PKI.5
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
 
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Key Objectives:
Students will be able to

  • trace the history of news dissemination.
  • evaluate significant developments in news dissemination.
  • construct an illustrated timeline.
  • explain the significance of developments in news dissemination.
  • predict future trends in news dissemination

Students will:

  • Analyze the changes that print media sources have undergone in the past several years.
  • Describe how the influx of Internet sources has affected traditional print media.
  • Predict how the face of journalism will change in the future.
  • Evaluate whether specific Internet sources can be considered valid and reliable.
  • Formulate an argument about a journalist’s First Amendment rights. 

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