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What is a media baby? Discuss at what age children should be exposed to electronic media. After reading an article, they identify the types of media products for infants and toddlers. Learners will predict the effects of media on the children at various stages of development. Then they will write their opinion on the marketing for this age group.
Teach young adults how to become advocates for their privacy in the modern information age. In a series of five lessons, learners explore their beliefs and opinions about privacy vs. the actual laws regarding who has the right to access personal information. They identify all the organizations that might have their information and participate in a role play/case study where they practice advocating for themselves. There is also a plan for an optional guest speaker discussion activity.
Here is a phenomenal language arts instructional activity on media literacy for your middle and high schoolers. In it, learners produce a research product in the form of a public service announcement (PSA). First, they view examples of these PSA's to get familiar with them. The worksheets embedded in the plan support your teaching and student learning. Technology is also put to good use in this cross-curricular lesson plan.
When we use images or ideas from the Internet, we might be infringing on someone's rights. Give your class the opportunity to understand copyright and creator's rights as they evaluate fair and legal use of media found online. As they explore intellectual property, public domain, and plagiarism, they also explore how media resources can, and should, be cited. The lesson includes two distinct activities, video links, and addresses Common Core standards.
Eighth graders compare the different images of girls and women in the media. In this cultural lesson, 8th graders compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy body images of women. Students analyze how media influences girls attitudes towards their appearance and sexuality.
In this science and mass media in America worksheet, students complete 12 fill in the blank questions and 6 multiple choice questions regarding the culture of United States
Search a variety of sources to create a multimedia or book project about Japan. Learners use the independent investigation method to plan and conduct research about Japan. They use the information they discover to create a computer book or a multimedia project for an oral presentation. Multiple resources and reproducible materials are included.
Learners explain the impact that the media may have in shaping their intellectual and emotional responses to current events. They examine broadcast and Web-based news sites to find subtexts through the use of language, audio, and visual elements.
Help your young learners understand the importance of privacy when communicating about relationship issues and sexual health. Class members are broken into groups to research various technology-based communication channels that can be used to give or acquire information, and then discuss the consequences of public/private communications.
Note-taking is an essential study skill, and it needs to be taught! In the context of a research project on energy sources, learners find multiple sources, evaluating, paraphrasing, and citing them correctly. Two lists with note-taking guidelines are attached. Consider joining them into one presentation with more color and engagement for your class. Model research using the essential questions. Groups write a persuasive essay on a specific energy source. This will need more scaffolding for some of your learners.
Learners in grades four through eight discuss, engage, and interact online to better grasp the concept of media. They will identify types of media, deconstruct media, understand how they personally use or interact with media, and work to build digital literacy skills. Two videos, a ton of great discussion questions, two activities, and a handout make this a great resource for teaching your 21st century learners.
Students analyze how media shapes their perception of events. In this media lesson, students research the home pages of assigned web sites to determine how media influences how they feel about tragic event. They look at head lines about the events of September 11, 2001 and discuss their reactions to them. They participate in a debate as to whether or not media can truly influence their feelings.
How many treats do you buy each week? Learners investigate diets and how the media tricks consumers into purchasing unhealthy snacks. They will investigate the designs and logos affiliated with cereal boxes and identify specific phrases that help sell products. Then they create their own cereal box design using an Internet program.
Create an expert guide to local businesses in this lesson. Through research, young readers consider their local businesses and the services they provide, paying attention to any conflicting information they might find. Working in groups, they create their guide as a resource to help their peers choose which businesses to patronize in their neighborhood. Bring light to different small businesses in your own town!
Learners utilize Google Earth along with various multimedia to create a virtual tour across the world. In this geography and technology lesson, students choose a location to research. They showcase the location by including narration, pictures, links, audio, etc, using a wide variety of technology. All of the learners' "place marks" will be linked together to form a worldwide tour. Classes will have the opportunity to share tours with each other via Skype chat.
Students reflect on the fairness of rating movies, television, radio, books, magazines, Web sites and other media. They submit their own entries for a media rating guide.
Tenth graders explore how drama is used in media advertising. They brainstorm ideas related to media and advertising. They examine ads in small groups to deconstruct the ads' effectiveness. They discuss quotes about advertising and write in journals reflecting on ads and how they are used.
Students examine global development issues. In this media awareness lesson, students analyze current event issues and create video podcasts based on their research.
Learners research and analyze polling data in journalism. They discuss reasons that polling data is included in media coverage of presidential elections.
Students research the types of technology and weapons used in World War I. They form groups representing countries and simulate an arms auction each bidding for the weapons of their choice. They compare their research to the auction outcome.