Monday, May 2, 2011

Another media literacy moment: the death of Osama Bin Laden

The death of Osama Bin Laden offers educators another teachable moment.
Since we all get our information from "the news," this recommendation might be useful.

A timely and interesting news and media literacy activity would be to have students compare and contrast the front pages of their local newspaper (or news web site) with others.

Students could:

- examine the headlines, font sizes, layout and photos

- list the sources quoted in the story or stories
- compare a US paper/website with one from Canada, Europe, Asia, S. America, etc.

The Newseum (in Washington DC) features a daily display inside their museum and online of newspapers, so today's papers are getting a lot of attention.

This compare and contrast could also be conducted using news organization's web sites.

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