Common Core State Standard L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
Twitter as a journalism tool
"When I first saw Twitter I thought it was the stupidest thing ever. Now, despite the length of this post, I find 140 characters plenty of space to communicate about almost anything. You can scoff all you want, we're using the hell out of this tool here at RWW (ReadWriteWeb.com) and it's treating us very well. Others are starting to do similar things and it will likely be downright common very soon."
■Class discussion: This video explains the role Twitter played in getting word out about the bombing in Mumbai last November. New-media expert Gaurav Mishra describes a flow of information where Twitter is used to first alert people that something has happened. As events unfold and more facts are known, blogs take over to report and to analyze. How important is it to get instant reports -- even if all the facts aren't clear-- about an event.