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.
Newspaper criticized for doctoring photograph
A newspaper photograph showing the Egyptian President at the front of a group of world leaders including Barack Obama was exposed last week as a fake. The newspaper, Al-Ahram, the largest-circulation newspaper in Egypt, defended the photo as "expressionist."
■Class discussion: If your newspaper was shown to have run a faked photograph, what would your reaction be? How does it affect a newspaper's credibility? Al-Ahram is a government-run newspaper. Would that change your expectatons of how a newspaper handles "news"?