Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Media Comparison
As a class, brainstorm the types of news-providing media from which students get their information. Ask: Which do you prefer? Why? What do you think makes that medium effective?
Outline the Opportunity
Direct students to "The transition
from writer to editor" on the topic Peter
Gzowski: Voice of Canada on the CBC Digital Archives website. Have them
review it and the references to different types of media. Students then choose
a current news story that appears in the newspaper and on television and the
radio. They complete the download sheet Media Comparison to compare the way
each medium treats the story. Using the information on the completed download
sheet, students write a one-page report.
Be sure reports include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, and that points made in the report are supported by details and inferences from the material that students examined. Their work should also include evidence of the writing process.
Revisit and Reflect
Have students revise and hand in their reports. As a class, revisit the brainstorming list from the beginning of the activity. Ask: Do you still prefer the same news medium? Why? What, if anything, changed your mind?
Students can examine Gzowski's comments that "newspapers really relate to what people do" and that the radio is a "village bulletin board." How do these comments relate to the existence of the new medium of the internet?