WRITING AND JOURNALING

UNIT 3 - LESSON 2:  JOURNALISM, INTERVIEWING, AND POLLUTION

Lesson introduction:

Every day around the globe, journalists pick up the phone or head out of the newsroom. They meet someone, a stranger or a familiar contact. They take out a notebook or turn on a recording device. And then they perform two simple acts. They ask a question and they listen to the answer. An interview has started.

Interviewing is the heart of journalism. Yet too few journalists have ever received education or training in this critical skill.  For most journalists the only way to learn is on the job, mostly through painful trial and error.

This lesson gives students information and insight on how to research and prepare before an interview, what stellar interview questions are, how to create a conversational atmosphere with their interviewee, and how to use material given to write an article.

  1. Please view the lesson below.
  2. Complete all activities within this lesson

Lesson Objective:

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • How journalists create interview questions and interview sources.
  • The effects of pollution and climate change on your health.
  • How to describe what likely sources of pollution are and what local sources could be in your local area.
  • The effects of water pollution on a community and how to prevent it

Lesson Duration: 

14 HOURS, 8 ACTIVITIES

SUBJECTS COVERED:

ELA, CHEMISTRY, EARTH SCIENCE, PHYSICS, JOURNALISM

SUGGESTED AGE LEVELS:

11 TO 19

Materials: 

Click the materials icon to view, download, or print the lesson materials. You will need the materials to follow along with the lesson video below.


Activity 1:  

ANSWER WARM-UP QUESTION ON POLLUTION

SKILLS PRACTICED: CRITICAL THINKING, ACTIVATING PRIOR KNOWLEDGE, JOURNALING

ACTIVITY DURATION: 1 HOUR


ACTIVITY 2:  

READ ARTICLE, WATCH VIDEO, TAKE NOTES, COMPLETE A SHORT QUIZ

SKILLS PRACTICED: LISTENING, TEST-TAKING, NOTE-TAKING

SUBJECTS COVERED: CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, EARTH SCIENCE

ACTIVITY DURATION: 1 HOUR

 CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE 

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE 

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS:

Click the button below to answer a few questions based on your notes taken from the video and reading above. Some of the required information may not be found in the video and needs to be researched from outside sources. TRY YOUR BEST! YOU CAN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THIS QUIZ IF YOU SHOW GREAT EFFORT.


ACTIVITY 3:  

WATCH VIDEOS, TAKE NOTES, ANSWER QUESTIONS

SKILLS PRACTICED: LISTENING, TEST-TAKING, NOTE-TAKING

SUBJECTS COVERED: JOURNALISM

ACTIVITY DURATION: .5 HOUR

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS:

Click the button below to answer a few questions based on your notes taken from the video above. Some of the information may be new to you and you are more than welcome to research. TRY YOUR BEST! YOU CAN SUCCESSFULLY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS IF YOU SHOW GREAT EFFORT.


ACTIVITY 4:  

WATCH VIDEOS, TAKE NOTES, RESEARCH, ANSWER QUESTIONS

SKILLS PRACTICED: LISTENING, TEST-TAKING, NOTE-TAKINGCRITICAL THINKING

SUBJECTS COVERED: JOURNALISM

ACTIVITY DURATION: 1 HOUR

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS:

Click the button below to answer a few questions based on your notes taken from the videos above. Some of the information may be new to you, and you are more than welcome to research.   TRY YOUR BEST! YOU CAN SUCCESSFULLY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS IF YOU SHOW GREAT EFFORT.


ACTIVITY 5:

COMPLETE THE JOURNALIST INTERVIEW QUESTION AND POLLUTION PROJECT

SKILLS PRACTICED: LISTENING, RESEARCH, CRITICAL THINKING, SELF-REFLECTION

SUBJECTS COVERED: JOURNALISM

ACTIVITY DURATION: 2 HOURS

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Watch the above video on pollution.
  2. Click the assignment icon to access this activity.
    • You need access to your Gmail/Google drive account to access the activity.
  3. You are a journalist for the local newspaper and have just interviewed two scientist that focus on pollution and its effects on human health.
  4. During your interview, both scientists were inspired by your questions to create the video in Activity 2. They used your questions on pollution and its effects on human health to create their outline and speaking points for the video. 
  5. Create ten interview questions that prompted the scientists to create the video. Imagine that the videos are answers to your questions, and ask about the specific scientific principles and causes of pollution and its effects on human health. 
  6. Remember as a journalist your job is to research, document, write, and present the news in an honest, ethical, and unbiased way. Your opinion should not inspire the questions you come up with, just your need to communicate the facts.
  7. Click the button below to add the link (URL) of your completed activity.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS ACTIVITY # 5


Activity 6:

WATCH VIDEOS, TAKE NOTES, COMPLETE A JOURNAL ENTRY

SKILLS PRACTICED: LISTENING, JOURNALING, CRITICAL THINKING

SUBJECTS COVERED: CHEMISTRY, EARTH SCIENCE

ACTIVITY DURATION: 1 HOUR

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Click the button below to write a journal entry of 150 words or more answering the following questions:
    • What in the video was new to me?
    • What in the video do I agree with?
    • What in the video do I disagree with?
    • What remaining questions do I have from the video?
    • How has the information in the video affected me?

Activity 7:

WRITE A FEATURED ARTICLE ON YOUR LOCAL WATER DEPARTMENT

SKILLS PRACTICED: READING, RESEARCH, WRITING, INTERVIEWING, CRITICAL THINKING, TECHNOLOGY, SELF-REFLECTION

SUBJECTS COVERED: JOURNALISM, SOCIAL JUSTICE

ACTIVITY DURATION: 7 HOURS

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Click the assignment icon to access this activity 
    • You need access to your Gmail/Google drive in order to access the assignment 
  2. Click the materials icon to access and read the reading materials
  3. Research videos on youtube or other video sources that chronicled what life was like for residents of Flint Michigan during the water crisis.
  4. Set up an interview with the public liaison or another representative from the water department in your community.

Click the assignment icon to see additional instructions

  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE READING MATERIALS FOR ACTIVITY # 7

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE READING MATERIALS FOR ACTIVITY # 7

  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS ACTIVITY # 7

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS ACTIVITY # 7


Activity 8:

COMPLETE THE REFLECTION AND FEEDBACK DISCUSSION BELOW

SKILLS PRACTICED: REFLECTION, PERSONAL WRITING, PROVIDING FEEDBACK, GROWTH MINDSET

ACTIVITY DURATION: .5 HOUR

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Complete the form below

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