Helping students to understand that print and broadcast journalists follow a code of ethics formed by the Society of Professional Journalists, is crucial to their growth and development as journalists. Whether they are taking journalism just to be on the staff of the school newspaper or if they plan a career in this field, students need to be fully cognizant of journalists' ethical responsibilities.
This 8-page product offers five lesson ideas but infinite possibilities for repeating each lesson as an abundance of articles from school and public sources exists for them to read, analyze, and then to formulate written responses.
Also included is the complete SPJ Code of Ethics that teachers can print out for the students. If they wish, they can also laminate these 4 pages to post in their classrooms.
Students' written responses should be shared orally during whole class discussions, too. Not only will this practice increase students' abilities to present their "...point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric," (Common Core Standard SL 4), but it will create lively and energetic discussions.
This Common Core and Bloom's Taxonomy aligned product will definitely clarify what students can and can't include in their own stories for their school newspapers and how they should accomplish this.
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