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.
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.