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  1. 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 ...

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    How Digital-Age Verification Exposed Rep. Aaron Schock

       From U.S. Rep Aaron Schock’s once-public Instagram feed: Visiting Myanmar and hiking in Patagonia. One of the most iconic scenes in the movie “All The President’s Men” showed Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein sitting at a table ...

  3. News Lesson

    Deconstructing a Viral Video: Skydiving Without a Parachute

    The video purportedly shows a man jumping from a plane 9,000 feet above the earth with no parachute, dropping through a small opening in a roof and onto a trampoline. Thanks to the power of social media, it didn’t take long to go viral. But was it real?. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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, ...

  6. CNL News Lesson

    Chicago Defender News Literacy Curriculum Lesson 1: The Flint Water Crisis

    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 The Flint Water ...

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    Chicago Defender News Literacy Curriculum Lesson 2- The Great Migration

    Note:  Parts of this lesson may require a subscription to an online database of historial newspapers, including the Chicago Defender. Your local library, such as the Chicago Public Library may offer online access to these articles with the use of your ...

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    Chicago Defender News Literacy Curriculum Lesson 3- Voter Rights Act of 1965

    Note:  Parts of this lesson may require a subscription to an online database of historial newspapers, including the Chicago Defender. Your local library, such as the Chicago Public Library may offer online access to these articles with the use of your ...

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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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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