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The Challenge of Information 

Grades 9-12

information.jpgThe second volume of the Challenge series, this 72-page supplementary text examines issues surrounding information and the media. This high-interest book is divided into five units:

Unit 1: A Free Press covers basic constitutional issues dealing with the media and free press. It examines landmark First Amendment cases and explores issues involving the right to know.

Unit 2: A Responsible Press looks into problems of press ethics, such as the use of questionable sources, the influence of advertising on editorial content, tabloid journalism, undercover journalism, and the violent content of local news coverage.

Unit 3: Free Press–Fair Trial discusses issues involving the press and the criminal justice system. It explores problems related to high-profile cases such as the trial of O.J. Simpson and evaluates whether reporters should have to reveal their sources in court.

Unit 4: The Myth Makers encourages students to take a critical look at information. It gives students background for evaluating urban myths and rumors, conspiracy theories, and claims of paranormal phenomena.

Unit 5: New Frontiers addresses policy issues relating to the Internet. It takes a look at the growth of the Internet and at issues surrounding hate speech and indecency on the Internet. Countdown to Doomsday: An exciting Internet activity in which students take on the role of investigative reporters who must apply media-literacy skills to separate media fact from tabloid fiction. “Countdown to Doomsday” also serves as an authentic media-literacy assessment tool for The Challenge of Information. Also included: Civil Conversations on provocative issues and Information-Age Checklists showing students how to gather and evaluate information.

  • Fully illustrated with photos and cartoons
  • Perfect for government and civics, 20th-century U.S. history, contemporary-problems, media- literacy, journalism, and law-related courses

A separate teacher’s guide provides procedures for interactive lessons based on the text. 

The Challenge of Information Student Edition,Price: $9.95

The Challenge of Information Teacher's Guide,Price: $8.95

The Challenge of Information Student Edition (Set of 10),Price: $94.95

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This book was made possible by a generous grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

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