Channel One News offers a perfect opportunity to teach media literacy — that is, the knowledge and skills needed to access, analyze, evaluate, create and communicate using media in all of its forms. These concepts are baked into the Common Core ELA standards and called out specifically in ELA standards in states such as Texas.
Newly enhanced for the 2016-2017 season, the curriculum included in Channel One News Premium now has a specialized focus on these skills. We include media literacy–specific discussion questions, as well as collaborative and project-based media literacy activities.
Whether or not you are a subscriber, here are some helpful tips for using Channel One News to teach students how to judge media sources for themselves.
Channel One News reporters and producers make deliberate choices about what stories to cover on our show. They consider what will resonate with students, what is most important for students to know about their world or what might be entertaining. Every choice is a teachable moment.
With the right questions, teachers can drive students to think deeply about why media creators choose to share certain stories. Ask students:
Students will also consider the impact of the message and their own response. Channel One News often covers environmental and social justice topics. Our news stories explain potential solutions to major global issues. We tell heartfelt stories about people overcoming adversity or those who were inspired to make an impact in their community. Ask students:
Producers, reporters and editors make creative choices about how stories are presented. Footage is shot, historical footage is found, graphics are created and music is added. Certain facts are included, while others are edited out. Words are chosen for emphasis. For some stories, anchors speak in a serious tone, while in others they smile and crack jokes. Ask students:
Channel One News strives to deliver factually accurate and unbiased news stories. We believe we stand up to the scrutiny, but students should judge us for themselves. As students watch our show, ask them:
Media literacy standards require students to compare coverage of the same event by different media sources. Use Channel One as a stepping-stone for further research. With two or more examples of coverage, ask students:
In order to bring Channel One to millions of viewers for free, we sell advertising spots. Even the advertisements present an opportunity for meaningful teaching. Ask students:
Kids today are awash in media. Channel One News offers a safe medium for teaching students how to field and interpret this tidal wave of information. Have you been using Channel One to teach media literacy in your classroom? Let us know about your experience in the comments!
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