Common Core State Standard L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
Defining Citizen Journalism
What does citizen journalism have in common with Thomas Paine and his 1776 pamphlet, Common Sense? Pamphlets were an alternative form of publishing, guerrilla-style journalism. Today's citizen journalist on the Internet is a logical extension of that need to speak out in new ways.
■Class discussion: What blogs are the most well known among your friends? Are there certain bloggers you follow? What kind of topics would you read about in blog form?