More Civil Union: The Role of News Literacy in Civic Education


Thursday, March 11, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Hosted by: Constitutional Democracy Project – IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Presenter: Allie Niese, CPS Teacher

March 11, 2021, 4-5:30 p.m. CT

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This webinar will answer questions surrounding the role of news literacy in the classroom, share resources, and develop content knowledge to better support civil dialogue in the classroom. The session will address why it is important to be news-literate; will define misinformation, and explore what news literacy means to you, your classroom and your students.

What is the role of news literacy in our Constitutional democracy?

Presentation by Dr. Jon Marshall, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Teaching News Literacy: the New Literacy Project as a Toolbox

  • Mission of the New Literacy Project
  • How can I bring News Literacy into my classroom?
  • Practice Checkology Lesson used, “Arguments and Evidence”

How can we engage students in the skills of news literacy in our Civics & AP Government classrooms?

How do you consume the news? Are you a morning podcaster, radio listener, printed newspaper reader, TV news watcher, or social media scanner?

Discussion Questions

  • Which NLP resources do you find most immediately useful for your classroom? Why?
  • What resources might you like to try out in the future?
  • How and where do you see New Literacy fitting into the material you already teach?
  • Review your challenges in news literacy, for yourself or your students? What resources at NLP might help you navigate these challenges?

To learn more contact Alyss Niese at Explore more phenomenal resources to teach about our Constitutional Democracy at Constitutional at and more news literacy resources at

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