American Lit: Introducing the Media

Standard: ELAGSE11-12SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Learning Target: I can examine a news source and identify its focus and explain how a medium is tailored for a specific audience.

Opening Session: Let’s go ahead and grab your Springboard books and do the News Media Survey on page 212!

Work Session: Today we’re talking about the media and its role in our daily lives. We’re going to start off by reading and discussing a series of quotations in your book on page 213. For each quote, we will talk about what the author is saying and whether or not we agree.

Then, working in your tables, I want you to each find an article in a news source and analyze it. I will come around and give each table the news source they should use, but it’s up to you to find the specific article you’ll analyze. Use the chart on page 215 to record your analysis.



After you guys have a chance to record your analyses in the chart in your books, you can share out your findings with the class.

Closing Session: Ticket out the door! Do the “Check Your Understanding” question on page 215!


  1. emergence
  2. deliberated
  3. conformed
  4. corroborated
  5. inexorably
  6. myriad
  7. ideological
  8. pernicious

Assessment: Informal (book check)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding, flexible grouping strategies)

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