Hearing Different Perspectives with Adobe Spark Page

Students investigate how news stories are covered from different perspectives
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About This Strategy

This 2- to 5-hour strategy helps students to grow an understanding that there are often different perspectives on the same issue. Students choose a current event story, locate different sources covering it, summarize points of view and publish using Adobe Spark Page. You might use this strategy in conjunction with the Stanford History Education Group’s Civic Online Reasoning website.


Adobe Spark Page allows students to organize images, text, and links easily to produce a professional-looking presentation. This strategy may be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe Illustrator.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Spark Page
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

120 - 300 minutes

Learn. 

Students explore how one event in the news is covered differently by different publications. The goal of this lesson is to have them understand how to notice the differences in reporting on the same event. You will start by providing examples and modeling how you notice similarities and differences in two accounts of the same event. Supporting resources for this activity are listed in the student steps here. Students may need to access paid online news sites through a school library or in locating free sources. (20 - 40 minutes)

Evaluate. 

Students collaborate using the directions here, spending about ⅓ of the time allocated to selecting a topic, and searching for two (or more) sources that cover the same topic. This step could overwhelm them, so consider brainstorming possible topics as a class, and then suggest publications. 

When students finish this step, have them summarize findings into three categories given in their directions. (30 - 90 minutes)

Create. 

Students follow these steps to create a presentation and summary using Adobe Spark Page. (50+ minutes)

Share. 

Students share and publish their presentations in a learning management system or another space that supports interaction with peers. (20 minutes)

Steps for Students

You will investigate how news stories are covered from different perspectives by different journalists and organizations. You will cite your sources and use Adobe Spark Post to share your observations by creating a web-based presentation.

Adobe Spark Page allows students to organize images, text, and links easily to produce a professional-looking presentation.

Steps:

1. Today you will explore how to identify the ways that different news organizations report on an event. You will be asked to notice similarities and differences in two accounts of the same event. A Venn Diagram is a good way to collect information during this activity. 

You may be given talk stems to use during your exploration and discussion, like: 

  • Both of these articles include…

  • Only one of these articles mention…

  • This journalist interviewed…

  • This article includes a picture of…

  • I wonder why...

Some online print publications you can use as resources are: 

However, some online news sources now use paywalls, or limit your access. Your teacher will be able to support you in locating local, differing, news outlets. (20 - 40 minutes)

2. Using the news organizations suggested by your teacher, locate two articles that cover the same event. You may need to read several articles before you find two that have different perspectives on the same issue, or take a different spin on covering the same event. Working collaboratively with a partner or small group might help with this step. 

Read your chosen articles and discuss with a partner or your group answers to these questions:

  • What event is covered in both sources?

  • What elements of the coverage are similar?

  • What information, interviews, photographs or links is included in just one of the sources?
  • Did the author or organization take a clear position on an issue, or are there any bias present? 

  • What unanswered questions are you left with after reading?

When you finish discussing the questions with a partner or jotting down notes on your own, summarize your findings into three categories: 

  • summary of the topic

  • similarities and differences in coverage

  • lingering questions

You will use these summaries for your own presentation. (30 - 90 minutes)

3. Create a presentation that shares your observations about two different perspectives on a current event issue using Adobe Spark Page. Open up Spark Page and your findings using your summaries and notes.  Add links to your sources as buttons on the Page. Now review your work to choose a theme that relates to the tone of the event covered in these news stories and to determine if more images would enhance the presentation.

For guidance using Adobe Spark Page, follow these steps. (50 - 150 minutes)

4. Share your presentations as directed by your instructor.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric to evaluate students' presentations.