This Free Press Makes Democracy Work lesson plan also includes:
A unit study of the importance of a free press in a democracy begins with class members listening to a podcast featuring two journalists, one from a United States public radio station and one from Capetown, South Africa. The lesson, which sets up the focus for the unit, asks learners to consider why a free press is so important to a democracy.
- Create a listening guide to help learners keep their focus on the commentary
- Have groups investigate recent charges of fake in print and broadcast news as well as misinformation on social media using fact-checking sites to determine the validity of statements
- Pause the audio frequently to permit listeners to ask questions, take notes, and clarify understanding
- Complete a Venn diagram that compares and contrasts Jefferson's, Fleming's, and February's ideas
- The resource, the first in a series of eight, is part of the Election 2020 collection
- Includes links to extensions that expand the scope of the unit