Supporting resources

Great discussions about the news don't happen without practise and support.
Here you'll find plenty of resources for your students.

News Literacy Model Resources Examples

Informed, open-minded discussions about the news

To have a high-quality conversation about current affairs, students need knowledge of the issue they're discussing as well as critical-thinking and communication skills: speaking, listening, problem-solving and creativity.

Topical Talk aims to do this in the following ways, and teachers can follow these principles in their classrooms too.

  • Provide expert information: high-quality journalism, data and topic experts
  • Encourage creativity and problem-solving: philosophical questions and hard choices call for good ideas and strong reasoning
  • Encourage effective speaking and listening: teachers act as discussion-facilitators, not lecturers
  • Expose young people to different perspectives: different arguments and voices presented

Importantly, these kinds of conversation need practise: a topical hour each week.

Supporting resources

The resources below are helpful whether your students are new to these kinds of conversations or practise them regularly.

"What's the news?" - an introductory lesson

Topical Talk skills

Read about our four key skills and how these are broken down into steps that show progress

The current-affairs curriculum

Find out what students will learn over the course of a year

Skills poster

Current-affairs curriculum poster

How to watch the news poster

Indicators of trustworthy news

Skills-based question cards

Tips for managing sensitive conversations (teachers)

Tips for discussing the news (students)