Many students old enough to remember are aware of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown that ignited a wave of protests in Ferguson, Missouri and across the country. This event resonated with many students and is a good launching point to begin studying media literacy and how the news is framed.
This is a one day unit that can be used as a stand-alone or as part of a larger media literacy unit. Included are two articles on the Michael Brown shooting and a student handout with short answer and discussion questions.
The original articles can be found online, but I have cleaned them up, made the text easier to reader, and included sidebars that explain some of the more complicated vocabulary words. I used this with 9th/10th graders, but this can be adapted to serve any grade level for high school English.