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Cannabis and Mental Health Lesson Plan 4 - The Role of the Media
It is important to teach students the role that the media has and how they portray the use of cannabis as well as mental health in the press. This is an important topic to teach students as it will give them an understanding of how journalists work and the development of a news story.
By downloading the Role of the Media lesson plan you will be ensuring that you teach in line with the curriculum. This teaching material has been developed with your students’ needs in mind so that they achieve all your learning objectives.
About the Role of the Media Lesson Plan
This lesson begins by looking at some media headlines and gets students to categorise them dependent upon the viewpoint of the journalist.
The lesson then asks students to carry out a role playing exercise where some students can experience the role of a journalist when developing a story. This will then give you the opportunity to develop a classroom newspaper which can be used for display and can be used to reinforce the lessons learnt.
The lesson aims to give your students an understanding of how the media portrays cannabis and mental health. Through the lesson students will be able to creatively look through the eyes of journalists and see how stories are written.
As well as giving students an appreciation of how the media portray issues it will also give them an idea on how stories are created and reported. It will show them how stories are an expression of someone’s opinion and views, and how these may differ from person to person.
The main learning outcomes from this lesson plan include a student’s ability to:
• Understand the role of the media in relation to their portrayal of cannabis
• Understand the role of the media in relation to their portrayal of mental health problems
By using the Role of the Media lesson plan you will be ensuring that your students have the ability to look through the eyes of the media when it comes to expressing opinions on cannabis and mental health issues.