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  1. News Lesson

    Journalistic Peer Review: The Guardian vs. Chicago's Press Corps

    Who watches the watchdog? Journalistic peer review in the debate over a Chicago Police Department holding facility "Truth" is a tricky subject in News Literacy. Because we use each day's news as our text, students quickly discover that ...

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    Unrest in Baltimore: A Lesson in Context

    " Hard to believe this is going on, as I keep saying, in a major American city... I don’t remember seeing anything like this in the United States of America in a long time..."-- CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer as violence erupts on the streets of ...

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    In Natural Disasters, Truth is a Casualty

    “When we’re looking at disasters," says journalist Jonathan Katz, "especially ones that happen in other parts of the world, I think the most important thing that we can do as journalists is to communicate that it’s not about us.” Katz, who ...

  4. News Lesson

    In Natural Disasters, Truth is a Casualty

    “When we’re looking at disasters," says journalist Jonathan Katz, "especially ones that happen in other parts of the world, I think the most important thing that we can do as journalists is to communicate that it’s not about us.” Katz, who ...

  5. CNL News Lesson

    Terror in Paris Exposes Social Media Perils and Plusses

    When terrorists struck Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, taking 130 lives, news consumers following the story through Internet postings saw the power of social media at its best and its worst. A key News Literacy lesson teaches us that in the digital age, news ...

  6. CNL News Lesson

    The Phrase "Islamic Terrorism" and the Power of Words

    As the White House hosted its February 2015 summit on the multinational clash with the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State, President Barack Obama found himself in a war of words — or, to be more precise — a war about words. His critics, ...

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    Chicago Defender News Literacy Curriculum Lesson 4- Trayvon Martin

    Written by: Myiti Sengstacke, African American Studies Instructor City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy-King College Michelle R. Yisrael, Reading, English & Literature City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy-King College Purpose:   To investigate how intense ...

  8. CNL News Lesson

    Making sense of the campaign: News vs. opinion

    SERIES:   Making sense of the campaign / Lessons in News Literacy. Drawing upon the 2016 presidential campaign for examples, this series of teacher's guides provides everything instructors will need to tailor foundational News Literacy lessons to ...

  9. CNL News Lesson

    Chicago Defender News Literacy Program Lesson 5: The Central Park Jogger Case

    Written by:   Myiti Sengstacke, African American Studies Instructor City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy-King College Michelle R. Yisrael, Reading, English & Literature City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy-King College Purpose:   To investigate how intense ...

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    Chicago Defender News Literacy Curriculum Lesson 7- Parallels Between Mass Incarceration and Jim Crow

    Written by:   Myiti Sengstacke, African American Studies Instructor City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy-King College Michelle R. Yisrael, Reading, English & Literature City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy-King College Purpose: To examine for The Chicago ...

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