News Confusion: What Is News?

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Use headlines to help your learners understand what news is. First, present a list of categories to your class. Then instruct small groups to play a game in which they sort headlines into the categories. Discuss the result and examine front pages from today's news to extend the activity.

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Classroom Considerations
  • While designed to be conducted before a visit to Newseum, a news museum in Washington DC, this could be used on its own as an introduction to news
  • Different instructions are included for grades four through six and six through eight
  • Includes headlines and categories for the headline sorting game that you can copy, cut out, and provide for groups
  • See the materials tab for a link to a page that collects the front pages of news sources
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