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The Newseum displays some daily newspaper front pages in their original, unedited form. Some front pages may contain material that is objectionable to some visitors. Viewer discretion is advised.Mission StatementThe Newseum educates the public about the value of a free press in a free society and tells the stories of the world's important events in unique and engaging ways.In its prominent location on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the Newseum blends 500 years of news history, up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits for a one-of-a-kind museum experience.The Newseum is funded by the Freedom Forum and, while independent of any media companies, receives additional support from individuals, corporations and foundations.The Newseum provides teachers with online lesson plans designed to engage students and enhance classroom learning. http://www.newseum.org/education/learning-center-offerings/ Teachers who book a visit may choose to take a free pre-visit orientation and meet with a Newseum educator to customize their field trip. For Students NOT Visiting the NewseumThe Newseum offers individual lesson plans for use in your classroom in three main areas: Headlines of History, Journalism and First Amendment.Click the links below to download the corresponding lesson plan.Elementary & Middle School Lesson Plans:Journalism• News Confusion: What is News?Students play a sorting game to figure out what types of stories and events are "news." They learn about the Newseum's ten "what is news?" categories and begin to explore how what's news is different in different places.• Are You A Publisher?: Free Press and YouYour students polish their reporting abilities by conducting interviews to find out how different people consume news and how they share information with the world. This activity will also introduce them to the First Amendment and the idea of a free press.Headlines of History• The Berlin Wall on the Web: Newseum Online Exhibit (coming soon)Students explore the Newseum's online exhibit about the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and construct a timeline of events that precipitated the construction and eventual destruction of the Berlin Wall.First Amendment• Blogging the Bill of RightsThis activity asks students to consider how the framers of the First Amendment might have used the Internet and modern communication to spread their ideas and messages. Students create a mock blog for one of the framers.• Exercising MY First Amendment FreedomsStudents learn about the five freedoms of the First Amendment and write two or three sentences explaining how they exercise this right, or create a drawing with a one-sentence caption.High School Lesson Plans:Journalism• What News is Where?/The Medium Shapes the MessageIn this activity, your class gathers an array of news media from a single day. Then the students analyze the collection to discover how and why the choice of medium can shape the information presented.• Today's Front Pages (Teacher Note: This lesson is for grades 6–12.)Using Today's Front Pages, students can compare and analyze coverage of and attitudes toward national news, local news, weather, politics and culture. Students can compare and contrast styles of layout, graphics and photography, as well as news judgment employed by different newspapers. Related online resources: ? Today's Front Pages exhibit ? The Front Page poster ? Stories of the Century exhibitHeadlines of History• From the Headlines to the History Books: News as the "First Rough Draft of History"Students compare and contrast front page news coverage of a major event to historical coverage of the same occurrence. By looking at both sources, students gain a hands-on understanding of how news becomes history, then they project what changes in information and coverage might occur over time for a current news item.• The First Amendment and Social Change: MLK's Letter from Birmingham JailStudents read Martin Luther King's famous Letter from Birmingham Jail and examine his argument in light of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.First Amendment• Would You Fight for All Five?: Weighing Our First Amendment FreedomsStudents explore the interplay between the five First Amendment freedoms, then play an elimination game as a class to determine which freedom their group believes is the most important.• Taking Exception: Modern First Amendment Rights IssuesStudents read about modern First Amendment court cases. They then take and defend of position on the argument of the case.
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