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.
Google considering paywall scheme for online newspapers
Google is reportedly joining forces with the newspaper industry to set up a new system where readers would pay for newspaper content. Google plans to test the system known as "Newspass" first on the news industry in Italy before going global. While some say the concept of paying for what has traditionally been free will never be accepted, others see it as the end of free news as we know it.
■Class discussion: Where do you get your news? Online? TV? Newspapers? Facebook? Where do you think the news you consume comes from? If newspapers start charging for their products online, what do you predict will happen? What if Facebook started charging a monthly fee? Would you pay it or expect your parents to pay it?