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Course / Content Area:  Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning, analyze how an author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.


Description: In this class, the focus will be for students to become familiar with different types of news sources and to identify credible ones. Students will read texts to extract information and use it as evidence for debates. We will develop good researching skills and learn to express both facts and opinions in respectful and positive ways. Students will be encouraged to question ideas and concepts to gain a broader perspective.



At the end of this course, you will

  • know how to  extract important information and underlying messages from written or oral reports from many different sources
  • understand the importance of ethical journalism and the impact of spreading false information
  • be able to differentiate between reliable news sources, and slanted or biased publishings



Daily Schedule


The First few days of school, students will look at a different news source each day. The class will determine whether or not this is a source we can trust and to which we want to return. We will ask essential questions and rate the stories on a scale from Information only to Entertainment on. We will discuss the news in regards to how different sources portray the same event. At the end of each class, students will record 2 questions they still have about a specific event or story.


Calendar of Topics and Projects

Unit 1) Journal of Questions and debates

Unit 2) Research paper on a current event

Unit 3) Debate

Unit 4) Podcast

Unit 5) Op-Ed on a topic of your choice (and approved by the teacher)



General Rules:

  • Students are permitted to miss no more than 15 classes for the semester - all absences beyond this point must be made up before or after school, 5 tardies = 1 absence
  • Students must use art supplies correctly and with respect
  • Respectful and kind behavior and language is expected at all times, students will be asked to the class if this does not happen
  • If students miss days, they must talk with teacher about making up all assignments


Grading Policies:

When students are absent, they are expected to make up all work they missed within 5 class days of their return to school.



97 - 100


87 - 89.9


77 – 79.9


67 – 69.9


0 – 59.9


93 - 96.9


83 – 86.9


73 – 76.9


63 – 66.9



90 - 92.9


80 – 82.9


70 – 72.9


60 – 62.9

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