Inquiry Questions

What is news?

What is the purpose of news?

How do journalists find and gather the news?

How do journalists decide whether a news story is “shareworthy”?

Why does the news keep changing?


Teacher Notes

Microsoft Education has teamed up with BBC Learning and BBC World Service to develop an engaging global media literacy program that will help teach students how to be good consumers of the news and raise their awareness about global issues.  These resources can be used remotely, amid the current school closures, or used in a traditional classroom setting.  In addition to helping students become strong consumers of news, the lessons can help foster critical thinking, reasoning, communication and collaboration. 

BBC Learning: My World Media Literacy

“My World” features 10, 30-minute episodes, as well as 10 video segments delivered by BBC journalists. This series is designed to teach students ages 11 to 14 about topics such as how news is gathered, the workings of a newsroom, transparency and accountability in journalism, covering a developing story, and the role of social media in the dissemination of news.

Examples of lesson activities include asking students to:

  • Look for bias in news articles and rewrite them to be as impartial as possible.
  • Compare how different news outlets report on a single topic.
  • Examine stories with errors and decide if they need corrections, clarifications, or retractions and write the statement a news outlet might make to adjust a story.
  • Analyse articles on the front page of a newspaper or webpage and develop a list of reasons why each story is placed where it is.

Link: BBC Learning