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Journalism: A key to good thinking skills

Posted on September 24, 2010 by Alan Haskvitz

Two subjects that should be taught at all levels are law and journalism. Both require the student to think and to take effective notes. Law emphasizes the student's ability to prove his or her statements. In other words, it’s a form of the scientific method. Journalism requires students to take notes, ask good questions, deal with people, work with a deadline and learn the importance of editing and rewriting. It also builds students’ self-confidence. I've listed various resources to help create a classroom newspaper to develop writing skills and to communicate with parents.

Creating a Classroom Newspaper from Read Write Think

Developing Your Style
Good, quick lessons

Lesson Planet's Good Writing Lesson Plans
Good selection of basic lessons

High School Broadcast Journalism Lesson Plans
How to do broadcasts from the classroom

High School Journalism Lesson Plans
Deals with major issues

Journalism Links
This large link site emphasizes high school resources.

Journalism Theme Page
Research and lesson plans from ERIC

Lesson Plans for the Arts and Media
See Broadcast Media and Journalism Lesson Plans

Make a Classroom Newspaper
Printables for a school newspaper -- good amount of handouts that can help educate the students and well worth a visit.

Media Awareness Network for Teachers

News Bias Explored
Lessons about bias in journalism

News/Journalism: Lesson Plans
Short lesson plans that include all types of media

Newspaper Association of America Foundation
A wide variety of lessons for middle and high school

Professional Resources for Journalism Teachers

Washington Post Sports Writing Lesson
Involved, but worth it

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