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Authors

Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Social Studies, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom, 30-60 minutes
  • Lesson Plans

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Greta Meets Malala: How Different Media Forms Present the News

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Synopsis
  • In this media literacy activity, students analyze how a news article, an opinion article, a tweet, an Instagram post, and a Facebook post provide information about activists Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai meeting one another. 
  • Students will evaluate how each media form conveys information about an event and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each form. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The activity plan provides discussion questions for several academic subjects.
  • Students will enjoy analyzing social media posts along with news articles.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers must create a free account to open the resources.
  • Teachers may want to provide some background information about Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai, as some students may not be familiar with them.

Differentiation

  • The questions can be answered by an entire class, in small groups, or individually.
  • English language arts and social studies classes could use this activity in a larger discussion about the role that social media plays in delivering information to people.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video of Greta Thunberg's speech at the UN's Climate Action Summit and this ClimateScience activity on climate activists.
Scientist Notes

The resource contains media reports and information that can spur students to be creative in climate conversations and advocacies. It is recommended for teaching.

Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.3.12.GeoGI.1: Collaborate with students from other countries to develop possible solutions to an issue of environmental justice, including climate change and water scarcity, and present those solutions to relevant national and international governmental and/or nongovernmental organizations.
    • World History: Global Studies - History, Culture, and Perspectives
      • 6.2.12.HistoryCC.5.h: Analyze how feminist movements and social conditions have affected the lives of women in different parts of the world, and evaluate women’s progress toward social equality, economic equality, and political equality in various countries.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.MF.8.6 Evaluate the choices made (by the authors, directors, or actors) when presenting an idea in different mediums and the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) to address a question or solve a problem.
      • RI.PP.11–12.5 Analyze an author’s purpose in a text distinguishing what is directly stated in a text or through rhetoric, analyzing how style and content convey information and advance a point of view.
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