Media Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Activities in this lesson plan will involve students in examining stories presented in a variety of media. They will compare and contrast the same story presented in several ways, and will identify and discuss bias and slant in media.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify types of media used for mass communication
  • define slant and bias
  • identify slant and bias in news stories
  • compare and contrast different versions of the same news story
  • discuss media with peers


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 6-8.1

An ELL can construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.

  • ELP 6-8.2

An ELL can participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to a peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

  • ELP 6-8.8

An ELL can determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

  • ELP 6-8.9

An ELL can create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Materials Needed

  • Whiteboard/blackboard
  • Recent news story video, print article, website article, tabloid article
  • Recent news story for writing activity
  • Biased news story (handout 1 per student)
  • Highlighters (1 per student)
  • Images of the types of media (radio, magazine, newspaper, etc.) on the vocabulary list


  • Mass communication
  • Types of Media
    • Magazine
    • Newspaper
    • Tabloid
    • Television station
    • Radio
    • Websites
    • Texts
  • Slant
  • Bias

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