Lesson Plan

Newscast on Conflict

Researching & Producing a Newscast for World Geography
Kellie A.
Technology coordinator
Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Students will be able to...

  • Use research skills with online databases
  • Analyze information about conflicts with various countries
  • Synthesize information from various sources 
  • Write a short newscast
  • Use an online film editor to create
English Language Arts
forming arguments
text analysis
using supporting evidence
Social Studies
cultural understanding
power structures
the economy
Grades 9 – 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Because the students will eventually be creating their own newscast, using a CNN Student News clip will help to both generate some ideas about the structure of a newscast, but it could also lead into some discussion about what causes conflict across the globe.  

2 Direct Instruction

Britannica School
Free to try, Paid

After choosing a conflict on which to focus (ideas will be generated by the class), students will do online research using databases in three specific areas (migration, resources, and population), focused on the essential question:  What elements contribute to conflict between peoples, races, or countries?  While Encylopedia Britannica is one source, students will also be encouraged to use other web-based sources, including ABC CLIO, EBSCO, and other subscriptions.   

3 Guided Practice

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Teachers (in collaboration with librarians) will share a Google template for creating the storyboard for the newscast (including information found during the research portion of the lesson or unit).  Giving students viewing rights to the document, the teacher will model how to construct the storyboard with evidence from the research.  

While the teacher is modeling the construction of the storyboard, the co-teacher or librarian will model how to do peer commenting and feedback so that students understand the process.  Then, students will create their own storyboards, sharing those with the teacher & librarians.

4 Independent Practice

Free, Free to try, Paid

The rubric will be shared via GoogleDrive, and after reviewing the rubric, the students will create their newscast in WeVideo (or students can be given a choice of video editing tools to use for the project).  This can be accomplished either in groups or independently.  

Students will be assessed on a rubric with the following descriptors:

Use of media (including maps and charts) in the video/newscast
Research process & citation

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Students will share their newscasts with the class, getting feedback from peers and the teachers.  While part of the assessment will be on the project itself (newscast), students will also create a short quiz to give their peers based on the content in the newscast.

Students will also do a brief reflection on the process and what they learned about conflict during the lesson.