The Baltimore riots: Newseum resources

As events in Baltimore continue to unfold, use Newseum resources to make connections in your classroom. Below is a list of relevant resources and lesson plans that relate to the events in Baltimore. Resources are divided into three categories: media literacy, historical connections, and civics and citizenship.

Media Literacy Resources

  • Archived Front Pages – April 28, 2015
  • Lesson Plan: Reporting Then
    • This lesson plan helps students understand the purpose and components of a news report. Then, using historic newspaper front pages from the civil rights movement as case studies, students identify best practices in journalism. Finally, students discover how context affected journalists’ coverage of civil rights events, and in the process, become savvier news consumers.
  • Lesson Plan: Reporting Now 
    • This lesson plan helps students evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of communicating the news over time. Additionally, by translating an historic news report using modern technology, students will hone their abilities to clearly communicate a message based on research and gathering evidence.
  • Lesson Plan: Reporting Out
    • By identifying, analyzing and reporting about a contemporary civil rights issue, students practice communicating in public venues and taking informed action, preparation for a lifelong practice of civic engagement.

Historical Connections

Digital Classroom Timeline Entries (To access these resources, you must be signed into the Digital Classroom; registration is free.)

Civics and Citizenship Resources

  • Lesson Plan: Identifying Community Issues
    • By focusing on an issue in their own community, students’ investigation is grounded in reality and lays the foundation for further exploration and action. Students contribute to an online exhibit by creating a multimedia “panel” detailing the history and impact of a community problem they will revisit in the next two lesson plans.
  • Lesson Plan: Stories of Change – Documenting Your Community Impact
    • This lesson includes reflection and planning activities that highlight journalists’ best practices. In the end, students will improve their communication and project implementation skills for making a change in their communities.
  • Lesson Plan: The First Amendment as a Tool for Change
    • After building a firm understanding of the five freedoms and how social movements past and present have used them to achieve change, students develop a plan to address a civil rights issue currently affecting their community. Next, they create multimedia presentations on their goals and step-by-step procedures. Students work together to select the strongest steps and final goal, and create a roadmap for a class service learning project.

If you have questions regarding the resources, please contact the Newseum Education Department.

One thought on “The Baltimore riots: Newseum resources

  1. Barb, Maggie and your education team:
    I occasionally look at the Newseum website to see if anything would entice me to come to DC now that I am retired and no longer working in New York half of each month. I go to the Press Club occasionally when it puts on a program I find interesting but, usually only have enough time to get in and out so I avoid the rush hour crowds I endured for 28 years.
    Nevertheless, I saw the Baltimore Resource section and found it timely and worthwhile. Young people should benefit by getting the context and perspective it offers.
    I volunteer at My Sister’s Place, working with homeless and at risk young women, and regularly see the need for this type of “resource.”
    Kudos to you.

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