WRITING AND JOURNALISM

 

UNIT 3 - LESSON 2:  LOCAL 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 Objectives:

In this lesson, learners will:

  • Describe how pollution and journalism connect

  • Demonstrate how journalists develop questions to interview their sources and explain the importance of interviewing for journalists

  • Complete a journalistic interview and article

  • Learn how pollution can affect your health and describe several contaminants that affect water quality

  • Determine the relative health of your local drinking water

  • Use scientific methods and techniques to develop and test ideas and explanations

  • Plan and carry out practical and investigative activities and research historical events

  • Practice growth mindset principals and self assess their accomplishments

Lesson Duration: 

18 HOURS, 8 ACTIVITIES

SUBJECTS COVERED:

ELA, CHEMISTRY, EARTH SCIENCE, PHYSICS, JOURNALISM

SUGGESTED AGE LEVELS:

11 TO 19

Materials: 

Click the material icons in each activity to view, download, or print the lesson materials. You will need the materials to follow along with the lesson videos below.

 

Activity 1:  

ANSWER WARM-UP QUESTION ON POLLUTION

SKILLS PRACTICED: CRITICAL THINKING, ACTIVATING PRIOR KNOWLEDGE, JOURNALING

SCHEDULE: DAY 1

ACTIVITY DURATION: 1 HOUR

ACTIVITY LEARNING OBJECTIVES: IN THIS ACTIVITY, YOU WILL DESCRIBE HOW POLLUTION AND JOURNALISM CONNECT.

ACTIVITY 1 - ASSIGNMENT - INSTRUCTIONS: :

Click the button below to complete Activity 1.

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ACTIVITY 2:  

READ THE ARTICLE, WATCH THE VIDEO, TAKE NOTES, AND COMPLETE A SHORT QUIZ ON POLLUTION

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

SUBJECTS COVERED: CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, EARTH SCIENCE

SCHEDULE: DAY 2, 3

ACTIVITY DURATION: 2 HOURS

ACTIVITY LEARNING OBJECTIVES: IN THIS ACTIVITY, YOU WILL LEARN

  •  HOW POLLUTION CAN AFFECT YOUR HEALTH.

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF JOURNALISTIC ARTICLES AS A MEDIUM/CHANNEL OF INFORMATION ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES.

  • YOU WILL LEARN THE MAIN SOURCES IN JOURNALISM THAT PROVIDES TIMELY INFORMATION.

MATERIALS: Click the material icons in each activity to view, download, or print the lesson materials.

ACTIVITY 2 - ASSIGNMENT A - INSTRUCTIONS:

Watch the video below and take notes.

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE


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ACTIVITY 2 - QUIZ - INSTRUCTIONS:

Click the button below to complete a short quiz based on 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 THE VIDEO, TAKE NOTES, RESEARCH, ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERVIEWS

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

SUBJECTS COVERED: JOURNALISM

SCHEDULE: DAY 4

ACTIVITY DURATION: 1 HOUR

ACTIVITY LEARNING OBJECTIVES: IN THIS ACTIVITY, YOU WILL

  • EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERVIEWING FOR JOURNALISTS

  • LEARN SOME STRATEGIES TO DEVELOP GOOD INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND PITFALLS THAT THAT YOU HAVE TO AVOID.

ACTIVITY 3 - ASSIGNMENT A - INSTRUCTIONS:

Watch the video below and take notes.

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ACTIVITY 3 - ASSIGNMENT B - 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 4: 

 

WATCH THE VIDEO, TAKE NOTES, ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ON HOW TO DEVELOP QUESTIONS FOR SOURCES

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

SUBJECTS COVERED: JOURNALISM

SCHEDULE: DAY 5

ACTIVITY DURATION: .5 HOUR

ACTIVITY LEARNING OBJECTIVES: IN THIS ACTIVITY, YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE HOW JOURNALISTS DEVELOP QUESTIONS TO INTERVIEW THEIR SOURCES.

ACTIVITY 4 - ASSIGNMENT A - INSTRUCTIONS:

Watch the video below and take notes.

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ACTIVITY 4 - ASSIGNMENT B - 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 5:

COMPLETE THE JOURNALIST INTERVIEW QUESTION AND POLLUTION PROJECT

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

SUBJECTS COVERED: JOURNALISM

SCHEDULE: DAY 6, 7

ACTIVITY DURATION: 2 HOURS

ACTIVITY LEARNING OBJECTIVES: IN THIS ACTIVITY, YOU WILL DEVELOP JOURNALISTIC QUESTIONS.

ACTIVITY 5 INSTRUCTIONS:

Read the instructions below and complete Activity 5

  1. Re-watch the above video in Activity 2 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.

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Activity 6:

WATCH VIDEOS, TAKE NOTES, ANSWER QUESTIONS, COMPLETE THE LOCAL DRINKING WATER TEST

SKILLS PRACTICED: LISTENING, CRITICAL THINKING, SCIENTIFIC METHOD

SUBJECTS COVERED: CHEMISTRY, EARTH SCIENCE

SCHEDULE: DAY 8, 9

ACTIVITY DURATION: 2 HOUR

ACTIVITY LEARNING OBJECTIVES: IN THIS ACTIVITY, YOU WILL:

  • NAME AND DESCRIBE SEVERAL CONTAMINANTS THAT AFFECT WATER QUALITY

  • DETERMINE THE RELATIVE HEALTH OF YOUR LOCAL DRINKING WATER

  • USE A SCIENTIFIC METHODS AND TECHNIQUES TO DEVELOP AND TEST IDEAS AND EXPLANATIONS

  • PLAN AND CARRY OUT PRACTICAL AND INVESTIGATIVE ACTIVITIES

MATERIALS: 

For this lesson you will need to have access to a 10 piece drinking water test. Click the link to purchase the water test if needed.

ACTIVITY 6 - ASSIGNMENT A - INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Click the button below to answer the warm up questions before watching the video.

  2. Watch the Activity 6 video and take notes.

  3. Click the Assignment icon to complete the Activity 6 assignment.

 

ACTIVITY 6 - ASSIGNMENT B - INSTRUCTIONS:

Click the button below the video to add the link (URL) of your completed Activity 6 - Assignment - A.

 

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

SCHEDULE: DAY 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17

ACTIVITY DURATION: 7 HOURS

ACTIVITY LEARNING OBJECTIVES: IN THIS ACTIVITY, YOU WILL:

  • RESEARCH HISTORICAL EVENTS

  • EXECUTE COLD CALLING SALES TACTICS

  • COMPLETE A JOURNALISTIC INTERVIEW

  • COMPOSE A JOURNALISTIC ARTICLE

ACTIVITY 7 ASSIGNMENT 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 for the assignment

  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.

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Activity 8:

COMPLETE THE REFLECTION AND FEEDBACK DISCUSSION BELOW

 

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

SCHEDULE: DAY 18

ACTIVITY DURATION: 1 HOUR

ACTIVITY LEARNING OBJECTIVES: IN THIS ACTIVITY, YOU WILL:

  • SELF ASSESS YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • EVALUATE AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK FOR THIS LESSON

  • PRACTICE GROWTH MINDSET PRINCIPALS

ACTIVITY 8 ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS:

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