SUMMA News Literacy Curriculum

Learn our Methodology and Build a Media Bias Chart!

In today’s news environment, students are bombarded by every possible type of news content, as well as unreliable “news-like” content. It’s helpful to identify acceptable sources; but this is a short-term solution, and it does not account for variations in the quality of content within a source. To grow into discerning and responsible news consumers, students need to be prepared to judge the reliability and bias for each piece of news or “news-like” content they encounter.

That’s why we believe in the power of learning content analysis. Through the practice of analyzing and rating genuine, contemporary articles, students hone the skills necessary to discern veracity, identify perspective, and recognize spin.

Our approach makes learning news literacy fun and engaging.

Through the 10-lesson course, students first learn our content analysis methodology.

Then, by rating news articles themselves, students apply their learning as they create their own Media Bias Charts, individually or collectively. The more articles and news sources they rate, the more complete their charts will be–and the more skilled they will be at critically analyzing the news.

The curriculum includes our 10-lesson news analysis training, the current static Media Bias Chart and updates for the length of the subscription, and access to CART – our Content Analysis Rating Tool. Using the CART interface, teachers assign content to rate, and students practice the rating methodology taught through the lessons by placing content on a blank Media Bias Chart, eventually producing their own customized charts individually or collectively.


It’s helpful to show students where publications place on the Media Bias Chart.

But it’s empowering to teach them how to analyze the news for themselves.

Your Students Will Learn:

  • To determine veracity by learning how to rely on the best guideposts in our information ecosystem
  • To identify contemporary left, center, and right positions on political issues, which is necessary for detecting bias in the news
  • To practice skills in reading comprehension, developing habits in comparing and contrasting, and thinking critically
  • To become familiar with – and quickly decode – common rhetorical, partisan, and “click-bait” devices employed to influence and persuade readers
  • To grow into responsible news consumers and citizens by discerning the reliability and bias of the news and information they encounter
  • To rate news sources and content according to our proven methodology

SUMMA News Literacy Curriculum includes:

  • Live onboarding with a professional educator and/or media analyst from our staff
  • Extensive educator and student materials, including user guides and methodology training in video and written format
  • Video tutorials demonstrating steps like adding online articles to assign to students, and viewing students’ work
  • Short printable handouts and three-to-six-minute videos for students, with each explaining a step in our eight-step analysis methodology
  • The option to choose and enter as much content as you would like for your students to analyze
  • All versions of the static Media Bias Chart produced in the academic year of the subscription
  • The option to analyze the same content our own analysts rate each week, keeping up on current events, and comparing scores with our analysts
  • Access to educator webinars, live demos, and workshops
  • Access to our Content Analysis Rating Tool (“CART”) interface for educators and students. CART, our Content Analysis Rating Tool, is the platform used by our analysts to create the Media Bias Chart. Enter URLs of articles you select or assign our CARTicles – six news articles on current events each week, entered by our staff and rated also by our analysts.


  • 3 Months: $119
  • 6 Months: $199
  • 12 Months: $299
  • Up to 8 Students: $58


  • School Size 1-499: $650
  • School Size 500-999: $850
  • School Size 1000-1999: $1450
  • School Size 2000-2999: $1950
  • School Size 3000-3999: $2400
  • 4000+: Please Inquire


  • School Size 1-499: $900
  • School Size 500-999: $1450
  • School Size 1000-1999: $2400
  • School Size 2000-2999: $3200
  • School Size 3000-3999: $3900
  • 4000+: Please Inquire

Ask about funding solutions through our Curriculum Access Program.

Demo Recorded March 10, 2021

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