News Literacy: Facing Ferguson, Current and Controversial Issues

News Literacy: Current and Controversial Issues

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News Literacy: Facing Ferguson, Current and Controversial Issues

On the afternoon of August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Within a week, the shooting and the protests that followed—driven to a large degree by social media—became a flashpoint for a discussion about race, policing, and justice in the United States.


Using a unit co-created by Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project, this workshop will:

  1. model how to create a safe and reflective space for dealing with difficult topics;

  2. examine how confirmation and other implicit biases can shape our understanding of the world;

  3. share how to use news literacy skills and concepts as a set of critical thinking tools to help students find reliable information to make decisions, take action, and responsibly share news and information through social media; and

  4. explore what it means to become effective and informed civic participants in today’s complex information landscape


Recommended for educators working with students in 7th grade or above.


After this workshop you will:

  1. Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  2. Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


Illinois Educators can earn 7 Clock Hours for full participation in this course.


Scholarships are available for CPS educators and cover all costs except a $10 registration fee payable upon acceptance.

Weinberg/Newton Gallery
300 W Superior #203
Chicago, IL 60654
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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