SUMMA News Literacy Curriculum

Create your own Media Bias Chart

by learning how to analyze sources yourself

In today’s news environment, students are bombarded by every possible type of news content, as well as unreliable “news-like” content. To be responsible news consumers, they need to be prepared to judge the reliability and bias quickly for each piece of news content they encounter.

That’s why we believe in the power of learning content analysis. Through the practice of analyzing and rating real, contemporary articles, students hone the skills necessary to discern veracity and identify spin.

Our approach makes learning news literacy fun and engaging. By rating news articles themselves, students can create their own Media Bias Charts. The more articles and news sources they rate, the more complete their charts will be–and the more skilled they will be at critically analyzing the news.

Our SUMMA News Literacy Curriculum introduces our news media analysis methodology utilizing our 10-lesson introduction, Content Analysis Rating Tool, and Media Bias Chart. With these resources, students learn and practice the same methodology used by our own analysts to master information literacy, achieve academic success, enhance professional prospects, and contribute to a healthy democratic society.

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SUMMA News Literacy Curriculum introduces our media analysis methodology. It includes access to CART – our Content Analysis Rating Tool – a platform where teachers can assign content to rate, and where students can place content on a blank Media Bias Chart to produce customized charts individually or collectively.

It’s helpful to show students where publications place on the Media Bias Chart.

But it’s empowering to teach them how to analyze the news for themselves.

Practicing this skill of closely analyzing news articles can provide a number of benefits, which increase with repetition over time. Doing news content analysis together in classroom or online settings generates engaging discussions about politics, journalism, polarization, and respectful discourse.

Your Students Will Learn:

  • To quickly determine veracity by learning how to rely on the best guideposts in our information ecosystem
  • To become quickly familiar with contemporary left, center, and right positions on political issues, which is necessary for detecting bias in the news
  • To practice skills in reading comprehension, and develop habits in comparing and contrasting, and thinking critically
  • To become familiar with – and quickly decode – common rhetorical, partisan, and “click-bait” devices employed to influence and persuade readers
  • To become responsible news consumers and citizens by confidently discerning the reliability and bias of the news and information they encounter
  • To rate news sources and content according to a proven methodology
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SUMMA News Literacy Curriculum includes:

  • Extensive educator and student materials, including user guides and methodology training in video and written format
  • Video tutorials demonstrating steps like adding online articles to assign to students, and viewing students’ work
  • Short printable handouts and three-to-six-minute videos for students, with each explaining a step in our eight-step analysis methodology
  • The option to choose and enter as much content as you would like for your students to analyze
  • The option to analyze the same content our own analysts rate each week, keeping up on current events, and comparing scores with our analysts
  • A free Media Bias Chart poster for your classroom/s: 1 copy at Classroom level, 8 copies at Department level, and 16 copies at School level
  • Access to quarterly webinars to include live demos and lesson planning workshops
  • Access to our Content Analysis Rating Tool (“CART”) interface for educators and students. CART, our Content Analysis Rating Tool, is the platform used by our analysts to create the Media Bias Chart. Enter URLs of articles you select or assign our CARTicles – six news articles on current events each week, entered by our staff and rated also by our analysts. Students log into CART with an analyst view and rate articles according to the methodology.
    • Teaches news literacy through hands-on evaluation of real-time articles
    • Models for students how to analyze and rate the news
    • Compares students’ ratings with those of professional analysts if that option is selected 
    • Helps educators teach and sharpen critical thinking skills by applying our structured, step-by-step process
    • Empowers students to rank news sources according to a proven methodology and their own discernment
    • Leads students through close reading and analysis of news articles, building the habits to make valid judgments on each one

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