McRel Compendium of K-12 Standards Addressed:
This lesson meets the following standards set forth by the National Council for Teachers of English, which governs high school journalism classrooms:
Standard 6: Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.
Standard 7: Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
Standard 8: Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
Standard 11: Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.
Common Core National Standards Addressed:
Writing, 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Writing, 4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Reading Standards for Informational Text, 1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Reading Standards for Informational Text, 2: Analyze how the 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.