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Model news literacy lessons for social studies, English, science and math available for secondary-school teachers

The American Society of News Editors and the Journalism Education Association in partnership with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute offer free news literacy lessons for English/language arts, science, math and social studies teachers to use in secondary-school classrooms. The lessons are available at WhyNewsMatters.org, SchoolJournalism.org and jea.org. Funding for the project was provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “A news literacy curriculum is about more than just journal...  Read More »

1 For All Challenge winners use First Amendment as building block in the classroom

Sarah Segal was just one of the 40 secondary-school educators honored with $1,000 for her innovative First Amendment teachings in the classroom. The 1 For All First Amendment Challenge winner teaches sixth-grade literacy, language arts and social studies of the ancient American cultures at Hood River Middle School in Hood River, Oregon. She also teaches sixth- through eighth-grade enrichment courses, including Constitutional law, Oregon history and museum design. Students in Segal’s class researched...  Read More »

Challenge winners incorporate technology into First Amendment teachings

“The First Amendment is more complex than most students first recognize, and it affects their everyday lives,” Jo Boggess Phillips said. Phillips teaches 12th-grade civics, AP U.S. government, politics, and state and local government at Ripley High School in Ripley, West Virginia. Phillips said current events help students make sense of the First Amendment by allowing them to understand the issues Americans face every day. The Constitution dominates her lesson plans throughout the school...  Read More »

1 For All First Amendment Challenge winners encourage students to speak out

Mark Ford teaches 12th-grade humanities and social studies at Casco Bay High School in Portland, Maine. Ford received the 1 For All First Amendment honor after using speeches, court cases and free speech acts to show students how easy and empowering it is to speak out. “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently said, ‘Fight for the things you care about, but do it in such a way that people will want to join you,’” Ford said. After analyzing speeches and free speech acts for their rhetorical...  Read More »

Challenge winners display power of First Amendment in the classroom

In May, the American Society of News Editors awarded 40 secondary school educators $1,000 each for their innovative efforts while teaching the First Amendment in classrooms across the country. To learn about the First Amendment, students completed creative and educational projects, including videos, posters, newspaper articles, editorials, raps, artwork and presentations, and some students even worked to support legislation that protects student press rights. Kymberli Wregglesworth teaches at...  Read More »

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Why do you teach scholastic journalism?

Watch teachers from the 2014 ASNE/Reynolds High School Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri articulate the purpose and value of scholastic journalism.

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