Skip Navigation

This Lesson Plan is a part of the EDCollection:

Get even more great free content!

This content contains copyrighted material that requires a free NewseumED account.

Registration is fast, easy, and comes with 100% free access to our vast collection of videos, artifacts, interactive content, and more.

Sign Up

NewseumED is provided as a free educational resource and contains copyrighted material. Registration is required for full access. Signing up is simple and free.

or log in to your account

With a free NewseumED account, you can:

  • Watch timely and informative videos
  • Access expertly crafted lesson plans
  • Download an array of classroom resources
  • and much more!
Less than 30 minutes
  • Journalism
  • Media Ethics
  • 6-12

  1. Divide students into small groups.
  2. Tell them: There is said to be a “breakfast test” to guide publication decisions: Do not publish images or language that might be repulsive enough to make people choke on their breakfast.
  3. Have students read the scenario and answer the questions. Do they think the newspaper was right in publishing the photographs?

  • ‘Breakfast Test’ Case Study handout (download), one per small group.  

Have each group share their decisions and explain their reasoning. Did they find other groups’ arguments compelling? Why or why not? When should editors follow the guideline? When should they not?  

More from our EDCollections

Explore more content within this EDCollection, or browse through all of our Lesson Plans, Critical Debates, Themes, Exhibits, Digital Artifacts, Historical Events, Videos, and Interactives using our EDTool search.
Quick View
Keep in the loop!

Sign up for NewseumED updates and newsletter today.