Grade 8

This Just In!

How should we react to breaking news?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

With mobile phone alerts, social media updates, and 24/7 news cycles, it's hard to escape the daily flood of breaking news. But do kids really understand what they're seeing when stories first break? Help students analyze breaking news with a critical eye for false or incomplete information, and discuss the downsides of our "always-on" news media culture.

Students will be able to:
  • Define breaking news, and understand why individuals and news outlets want to be first to report a story.
  • Analyze breaking news alerts to identify clues of false or incomplete information.
  • Reflect on the consequences of reacting right away to breaking news alerts.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 45 mins.
Warm Up:
Who's First?
10 mins.
Breaking Down Breaking News
20 mins.
Canceled Concert
10 mins.
Wrap Up:
Trusted Source
5 mins.

What You'll Need

Student and family resources also available in Spanish
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Lesson Slides
Student Handout: Breaking News! Student Version Answer Key
Student Handout: Canceled Concert? Student Version Answer Key
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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