The Post

The Post reveals the partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee, as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets spanning three decades and four U.S. Presidents. They risk their careers – and their very freedom – to bring long-buried truths to light.


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Media Literacy is an area of growing importance and interest for educators. Lesson 4 and 5 in this curriculum guide for The Post focus on “Fake News” and the importance of a free press. Additionally, Lesson 2 in our guide is a Share My Lesson featured resource.

Film runtime: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Film rating: PG-13. Common Sense Media rates this film as appropriate for ages 13+.

The Post Curriculum Guide

Lesson 1: The Pentagon Papers: The Facts of the Case (United States History)
Lesson 2: The Supreme Court and Freedom of the Press (United States History, Government)
Lesson 3: Daniel Ellsberg and the Espionage Act (United States History, Government)
Lesson 4: Journalism Ethics and “Fake News” (Journalism)
Lesson 5: Why Is a Free Press So Important? (Social Studies, English, Journalism)
Lesson 6: First Amendment Rights and the Student Press (Journalism)
Lesson 7: Character Conversations: The Interview (Drama/Theater)
Lesson 8: Active Viewing of The Post (English Language Arts, Film Literacy) – The Glossary of Film Terms linked below is useful for this lesson. 

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Power Combinations
  • Teaching about Freedom of the Press? We also recommend Navalny.
  • Teaching about Media Responsibility? We also recommend Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down. This combination is also good for teaching Civics.
  • Teaching about Court Procedures? We also recommend Youth V Gov.
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