What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- using supporting evidence
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- part-whole relationships
- academic development
- personal growth
Engagement, Approach, Support
Clever interactive elements illustrate news coverage of major historical events in ways that are sure to engage kids. The site is pretty well-organized, though the lessons and most multimedia are located within its Digital Classroom resource.
Videos, readings, and images blur the lines between history and journalism to help students understand how media coverage works, and content touches on topics such as accuracy and ethics. Kids will increase their news knowledge but won't necessarily get journalistic writing help.
The Digital Classroom section provides lesson plans on journalism, elections, and the civil rights movement. For students visiting the museum in person, printable worksheets can offer additional insights. Beyond that, there's not much help (an FAQ section only addresses system requirements).
What's it about?
NEWSEUM is the companion website to the news museum in Washington, D.C. Through articles, video, and multimedia features, Newseum illustrates how the media covers events; kids can view virtual versions of several museum exhibits, time lines, and interactive maps to learn how key events were reported. Visitors will get a journalism primer that includes information on the First Amendment, objectivity, and other related topics, complete with Civil War-era newspaper images, photojournalism, and more. A Digital Classroom designed for middle school- to college-age students offers additional videos, interactive items, and educator materials. Other cool features include Today's Front Pages; through an agreement with newspapers in 87 countries, the site posts front pages from more than 800 newspapers daily.
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
- Families can talk about why examining history and past news coverage can help society. Can your kids identify a few major events, such as the civil rights movement, that have helped the U.S. make significant changes?
- Kids can find dozens of sites that cover events. Talk about substantiated news outlets, and ask your kids: How can you tell if a website is a legit news source or not?
- Some websites include narrative writing and opinions. Show your kid news article and column examples of these more objective styles of writing, and discuss the difference.