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Grades 9–12
8 sessions: 1 hour each
Informational, Media, Narrative

Shifting the Narrative

Jessica Thompson, 826 Dallas Project; and the Dallas Free Press
Students will report on a story relevant to their community, while also growing their critical media literacy skills.

Parts of a Story

Writing journalism isn’t that different from other forms of nonfiction students have completed before. In this session, students will learn the differences and similarities—and some fun new vocabulary, too.
Download Includes
Shifting the Narrative—Session 2 Handout
What Your Students Will Learn

Your students will learn the different parts of a piece of journalism and practice writing a strong lede.

Common core standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.5
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grades 11-12 here.)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.5
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grades 9-10 here.)
What Your Students Will Produce