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60-90 minutes
  • Civil Rights
  • Journalism
  • 6-12

(Note: For more support, see expanded procedure in downloadable lesson plan.)

  1. In advance, review the sample worksheet at the end of this packet. You may wish to distribute it to students, as well. Share the link to the Civil Rights Media Map (below) with your students, or project the map on the board.
  2. Start by telling students they are going to investigate how new technology affects the news media.
  3. With students, create a list of ways reporters share events today.
  4. Use the NewseumED media map to locate historical civil rights front pages and determine what technology was available during the civil rights movement. Create a list and compare it to the list from previous step.
  5. Discuss how technology has changed since the civil rights movement.
  6. Complete the Why Use It? worksheet.
  7. Review the best practices list from the previous lesson.
  8. Last, students will complete the Remix It! worksheet to “translate” an article from the civil rights movement to one created with modern tools.

  • Why Use It and Remix It worksheets (download), one each per student
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Journalism handout (download)
  • Internet access

Students share their projects and discuss their findings. Prompts include:

  • What was hard about creating the reports?
  • What was easy?
  • Did students discover anything surprising, either about their event or about communicating the news?

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