Mass Media Newspapers: Lesson Plan & Prezi includes a detailed lesson plan and Prezi with a timeline, in-class discussion questions and activities, videoclips, and an optional written assignment.
The 7-page lesson plan does not rely on any specific textbook, but looks at key moments in the history of the newspaper medium, the economics of newspapers and the challenges faced by newspapers at various times, including today. It is appropriate for a journalism, technology, or history class. Although a textbook is not necessary to use the lesson plan material, some portions of the lesson plan are taken from “The Dynamics of Mass Communication” by Joseph R. Dominick and “Converging Media” by John V. Pavlik and Shawn McIntosh. These books are credited whenever they are used at length.
The lesson plan is color-coded with videos, group activities, and important examples in blue, and questions for class discussion in orange. (This helps to make sure the class is broken up well.) Additional “if-time” material is provided at the end that can be added into the class if desired. A written assignment is also provided that can be assigned before the class (recommended) or afterward. This lesson plan features an in-class activity requiring preparation done ahead of time, so instructions are provided at the top of the lesson plan.
The Prezi includes videos, pictures and illustrations most often taken from YouTube, SimpsonsWorld.com or public universities and museums in accordance with fair use laws. (Note: because Prezi links to pictures and videos online, they may be removed at any time by the source who originally posted them and it will leave a blank space in the slide…there is no way to have any control over that but I have provided a description in the lesson plan to help you to replace the item should that happen.) The Prezi movements are meant to be straightforward rather than dizzying, and the colors are kept simple. Questions and activities are marked to stand out. Instructions for using the videos (some of which cannot be embedded) are included in the lesson plan.
Lesson plans are also available in my store on other media individually or as a package at a reduced price.
Instructions for accessing and using the Prezi, or for getting a copy of the Prezi that can be edited, are available in the lesson plan document upon purchase.
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