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  • 1. Library Skills: Power of Info Laura Gardner
  • 2. What is the goal of the class?
    • Students will become savvy citizens who recognize the power of information and evaluate and use information to make decisions.
  • 3. STANDARDS Comparison Chart: News Literacy; AASL; Partnership 21st-Century Skills; NETS
  • 4. What key questions will we answer in this class?
    • How is news and other information connected to my life?
    • How is information powerful and why does it sometimes cause conflict?
    • How can we evaluate information and find the best information?
    • What does it mean to be a good citizen?
  • 5. What will we do in class?
    • Start: We will start class every day with a News Matters activity.
    • Our work will be centered around three main units: The Power of Information, Evaluating Information and Using Information to Make Decisions.
  • 6. What will we do in class?
    • Discussions!
    • Analysis!
    • Projects! We will synthesize our ideas using fun tech tools like Glogster and Voicethread .
    • End: Classes will either end with a Booktalk or a Tech Tip
  • 7. Unit 1: Power of Information
    • SWBAT analyze and discuss news articles about regions that censor information.
    • SWBAT define key terms and use them appropriately.
    • SWBAT search for information and evaluate information to create a multimedia presentation that shows what it is like to live somewhere where information is controlled.
  • 8. News Literacy Concepts
    • Battle to control information
    • Power of information
  • 9. Activities
    • Chalk talk discussion on key questions
    • Direct instruction (with discussion) on the 1 st amendment and threats to freedom in U.S. (including Banned Books) and abroad
  • 10. Activities
    • Group article analysis
    • Possible articles to use in whole or to excerpt:
    • Train Tragedy in North Korea 2004 (Time for Kids)
    • First Lady speaks out on Burma 2007 (
    • Journalist emails hacked in China
    • Iran mutes voices for reform
    • Call for release of detained British journalist
    • Repression Alleged before vote in Ethiopia
    • Blogger and two human rights activists to be tried this weekend
    • Agencies sneak news out of North Korea
  • 11. Project
    • Glogster or Wallwisher (sample project)
    • Students will find and post the following information:
    • Basic facts: type of government (is it a democracy?), leader of the country, map of the country, official language, total population, 3 interesting facts
    • Threats to freedom: number of journalists murdered/number of journalists jailed, methods of communication that are or are not available to people in the country
    • Recent news from the country (do this last!)
    • Paragraph (5 sentence minimum): what would it be like to live in this country where information is controlled?
    • Works Cited