Democracy Now! clips lend themselves well to exploring academic subjects and connecting them to current events. The following step-by-step outline is one way to introduce Democracy Now! to your students.
What is the purpose of the lesson? What will students learn?
Before beginning a conversation around a Democracy Now! clip, put the information into historical context;
Watch DN! clip ahead of time to determine which part(s) best fit your education goals. Utilize a short clip to introduce an event or prompt students to begin thinking about a topic. Or show a full episode with in-depth interviews to foster a debate among students. All DN! clips can be found at our indexed archive, or searched by topic or by date and most segments are accompanied by printable transcripts.
Should your classroom have no internet connection, podcasts are available to download audio and video files onto computer desktops.
Offer students a specific lens with which to analyze the news clip. Keeping your objective in mind, assign students questions to consider while viewing the clip. Or compare the Democracy Now! clip to a corporate news clip on the same event. Introduce the concept of framing to indicate how different media outlets focus on different aspects of the same story to frame their own narrative. For a worksheet on framing, please contact us.
To view episodes fostering debate, simply type “vs.” in the search tool on our website to locate past debates on Democracy Now!
Consider the following questions with your students as you compare a Democracy Now! clip to a commercial media clip on the same event:
Our Democracy Now! en español program translates each day’s headlines into Spanish in transcript and audio form.
The Destacados section features Democracy Now! interviews and reports that have been translated to Spanish in transcript and video plus subtitle form.
The Resumen Semanal is a round of top headlines from the week published on Friday afternoons in transcript and audio form.
There are many ways to engage your students with Democracy Now! content. Here are some ideas to get you started.
The Teach Democracy Now! team has developed teaching materials that you can put to use in your classroom. Contact us if you’d like to sample some of the teaching materials and make sure to include the academic subjects that you’re interested in.
The Zinn Education Project provides teaching materials that incorporate Democracy Now! content. Browse their resources for inspiration.
Democracy Now! Host and Executive Producer Amy Goodman gives speaking events across the country. Invite her to speak at your institution.
The Teach Democracy Now! team may be available to come to your NYC Metro Area institution for a round table discussion or news literacy workshop. To inquire, please contact us.
Our Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License allows you or your students to republish Democracy Now! content in your non-commercial blog, website or student newspaper as long as you clearly credit democracynow.org.