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Using online legal resources

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Blog, Hazelwood, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments


Part of  JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission’s Constitution Day lessons and activity package:

by Chris Waugaman
Three primary Common Core state standards addressed

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• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2a Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Brief goal/outcome statement:  Intended to be a lesson for use after initial introduction lessons in Scholastic Press Law for journalism I students. Students should be familiar with the Hazelwood case before beginning lesson plan.

  • Students will use their skills at gathering information and using online sources to guide them in times of legal uncertainty.
  • Students will learn how to make critical decisions regarding their press rights by applying the case outcomes they learn in this lesson.
  • Gathering Information
  • Evaluation of Online Source Credibility
  • Documentation
  • Note-taking


  • Using web as resource
  • Responding to questions
  • Documentation
  • Related scenario for our school


  • Describe the process of using online resources
  • Discuss any questions you may still have





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