NewsDepth Teacher Resources
NewsDepth is produced with teachers in mind.
As an instructional tool it supports a multi-curricular instructional approach. The content of the show is intentionally selected and produced to support the Ohio Learning Standards in several content areas.
In any episode, a teacher can support standards in English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. Learn more below!
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Weekly classroom support materials
Beneath weekly episodes teachers can find links to download the video, a transcript, an episode guide and a student worksheet.
Video files are made available on the website early Thursday mornings. For teachers in districts that discourage streaming videos or have poor internet connection, files can be easily downloaded off-site in advance of viewing.
Transcripts provide a follow-along document for student use and a way to skim the full episode for teachers.
Episode guides provide a rundown of stories that appear in the episode along with the relevant learning standards. Word highlights and additional discussion questions related to the episode are also included. These guides are developed to aid teachers in lesson planning, delivery, and standards and curricular alignment. They can be accessed here as early as the Tuesday before the episode posts.
Student worksheets can be used by students while viewing to engage listening skills or by teachers to assess whether students were paying attention to the show as a post-viewing assignment. The worksheets are also available as our online game "Rundown" for students to test their memory after watching the show.
Promoting effective teachers
The intentional use of NewDepth, and its related instructional resources, supports and aligns with the Ohio Department of Education’s definition of an effective teacher. Specifically:
- It is developmentally appropriate for children (grades 4-6)
- It features a diversity of stories and is inclusive of multiple ideas
- It contributes to a culture of higher expectations
- It is adaptable to multiple learning styles and abilities
- It is cross-curricular and supportive of multiple content areas
Anchored to ELA standards
Additionally, NewsDepth is aligned to several cross-cutting English/Language Arts Anchor Standards, including, but not limited to:
- 1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
- 6. Assess how point of view, perspective, or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
- 7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
- 8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
- 1. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
- 8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
- 9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Speaking and Listening:
- 1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
- 2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
- 3. Evaluate a speaker’s perspective, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Informed by teachers
NewsDepth strives to stay relevant and takes its lead from the teachers that use it. Two main ways teachers inform the show are through our Teachers' Lounge Facebook Group and our Teacher Advisory Council.
The goal of the Advisory Council is to help optimize optimize NewsDepth for use in the classroom by drawing on the expertise of educators.
Members are expected to:
- Provide input on enhancing the show’s production, online presence and possible learning extensions
- Travel to the Idea Center in downtown Cleveland three times per year for a half-day meeting
- Participate in a NewsDepth Teachers' Lounge Facebook Group to encourage excellent instructional use of NewsDepth and provide feedback on the show
- Spread their love of NewsDepth near and far!
Council members receive CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for time spent in meetings, in digital engagement, and in creating and presenting materials as warranted, and are recognized with school administration for their service on the council.
Current teachers who use NewsDepth in the classroom are invited to apply for a spot on the council by expressing their interest to Celena Roebuck (Celena.Roebuck@ideastream.org 216-916-6436).