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Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, English Language Arts

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  • Activity - Classroom, 30-60 minutes
  • Lesson Plans

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Greta Meets Malala: How Different Media Forms Present the News

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  • In this media literacy activity, students analyze how a news article, an opinion article, a tweet, an Instagram post, and a Facebook post provide information about activists Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai meeting one another. 
  • Students will evaluate how each media form conveys information about an event and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each form. 
Teaching Tips


  • The activity plan provides discussion questions for several academic subjects.
  • Students will enjoy analyzing social media posts along with news articles.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers must create a free account to open the resources.
  • Teachers may want to provide some background information about Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai, as some students may not be familiar with them.


  • The questions can be answered by an entire class, in small groups, or individually.
  • English language arts and social studies classes could use this activity in a larger discussion about the role that social media plays in delivering information to people.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video of Greta Thunberg's speech at the UN's Climate Action Summit and this ClimateScience activity on climate activists.
Scientist Notes

The resource contains media reports and information that can spur students to be creative in climate conversations and advocacies. It is recommended for teaching.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.8.2 Summarize texts, from a variety of genres, to determine one or more themes or central ideas and analyze their development over the course of the text. (RI&RL)
      • R.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different media—print, audio, video, stage, or digital—to present a particular subject or idea and analyze the extent to which a production remains faithful to or departs from the written text. (RI&RL)
      • R.11-12.2 Objectively and accurately summarize a complex text to determine two or more themes or central ideas and analyze their development, including how they emerge and are shaped and refined by specific details. (RI&RL)
      • R.11-12.6 Analyze how authors employ point of view, perspective, and purpose to shape explicit and implicit messages (e.g., persuasiveness, aesthetic quality, satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement). Explain how an author’s geographic location, identity, and culture affect perspective. (RI&RL)
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