Journalist & Pollution - Writing & Journalism - Project Based Learning Lesson

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Journalist & Pollution - Writing & Journalism - Project Based Learning Lesson

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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.

ESTIMATED LESSON DURATION: 14 hours

SUGGESTED AGE LEVELS: 11 - 19

SUCCESS SKILLS PRACTICED:   Listening, Test-Taking, Note-Taking, Online Research, Journaling, Journalism, Critical Thinking, Reading Informational and Fictional Text, Writing, Planning, Technology (Recording), Communication, Self Reflection, Growth Mindset, Interviewing

LESSON OBJECTIVE:

In this lesson, you will learn:

Describe how pollution and journalism connect

  • Explain the importance of interviewing for journalists

  • Demonstrate how journalists develop questions to interview their sources

  • Complete a journalistic interview

  • Compose a journalistic article

  • Learn how pollution can affect your health

  • Name 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

  • Research historical events

  • Execute cold calling sales tactics

  • Self assess their accomplishments

  • Evaluate and provide feedback for this lesson

  • Practice growth mindset principals

LESSON ACTIVITIES: 8

  • ACTIVITY 1: ANSWER WARM UP QUESTION ON POLLUTION - 1 HOUR

  • ACTIVITY 2: READ ARTICLE, WATCH VIDEO, TAKE NOTES, COMPLETE A SHORT QUIZ - 1 HOUR

  • ACTIVITY 3: WATCH VIDEOS, TAKE NOTES, ANSWER QUESTIONS - .5 HOUR

  • ACTIVITY 4: WATCH VIDEOS, TAKE NOTES, RESEARCH, ANSWER QUESTIONS - 1 HOUR

  • ACTIVITY 5: COMPLETE THE JOURNALIST INTERVIEW QUESTION AND POLLUTION PROJECT - 2 HOURS

  • ACTIVITY 6:  WATCH VIDEOS, TAKE NOTES, ANSWER QUESTIONS, COMPLETE THE LOCAL DRINKING WATER TEST - 2 HOURS

  • ACTIVITY 7:  WRITE A FEATURED ARTICLE ON YOUR LOCAL WATER DEPARTMENT - 7HOURS

  • ACTIVITY 8:  REFLECTION AND FEEDBACK - 1 HOUR

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Reading Materials (Printable) + Google Drive link

  • Assignment Materials (Printable) + Google Drive link

  • Video Lessons - Viewable on any smart device

  • Online exit ticket and quiz

HOW TO ACCESS:
STEP 1: Pay to access our PBL Writing, Journaling, and Journalism Lesson - Local Journalist & Pollution

STEP 2: Download the instructions and password to access the lesson

STEP 3: Introduce the lesson via smart-device, computer, smart board, etc. to your learners at home or in the classroom