Curriculum and Lessons

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.  Funding for the project was provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

ASNE and JEA worked with educators affiliated with the American Bar Association Division of Public Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association to develop the lesson plans. News literacy concepts are taught in tandem with a variety of core academic skills ranging from literary analysis, deductive reasoning and syllogism to probability, standard deviation and finance to earth science, DNA and nuclear energy to court case analysis, Fourth Amendment and privacy rights. Click on the links below to access the lessons.

Each lesson addresses a guiding news literacy question and aligns with Common Core State Standards. A Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 License allows teachers to adapt the lessons for educational purposes. Teachers can use the lessons as a springboard to incorporate news literacy skills into every academic discipline and help students learn critical-thinking skills for analyzing and judging the reliability of news and information in everyday problem-solving and real-life experiences.

English/Language Arts Model News Literacy Curriculum

Math Model News Literacy Curriculum

PowerPoints Grades 7/8
Buffalo Blizzard

All the Ants

Counting the Hungry

PowerPoints Grades 9/10
Verifying Probability in the News

Statistics in the News Discussion-Warmup

Understanding the Distribution of a Set of Data

Using Variation to Evaluate Statistics

Scatter Plot Review

Using the Regression Line to Make Predictions

Science Model News Literacy Curriculum


Grades 9-10 Water In The United States

Grades 11-12 Know Your News

Social Studies Model News Literacy Curriculum 


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