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Students analyze mass media to analyze media bias. In this media bias lesson, students read example situations and definitions about media bias. Students read and discuss how to be aware of media bias.
For 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
Sixth graders explore the portrayal of males and females in mass media. In this language arts lesson, 6th graders create a digital collage and write a description about themselves using similes and metaphors.
Eighth graders determine how mass media influences human sexuality by looking at advertisements for their sexual content and how the ads affect their decision making. After evaluating the advertisements in a PowerPoint presentation they write a one paragraph response which includes three details from the presentation.
Fourth graders listen to and interpret songs from World War 1. They discuss the importance of radio as a mass media during the time period. They use the Internet or books to answer questions about song lyrics.
Students investigate how photos convey messages in mass media. They write an article that they associate with a picture and draw a cartoon to associate with an article.

New Review The Role of Media

What constitutes the media, and how does it act as a gatekeeper, agenda-setter, and watchdog in society in the United States? Through a variety of worksheets and an in-class true/false participation review, your young citizens will examine the roles and motivations of the media and in what they convey to the public.
Pupils select a common object or a face, and draw or paint it on a flat surface making it larger than real life. They choose a common object or simple scene and repeat it horizontally or vertically as defined rows. They create a flat, two dimensional drawing or painting in the manner of the comic book.
Students discuss ways they think women and men are portrayed in the mass media. They watch an excerpt from SISTERS OF '77 discussing media coverage of the event. Students write an essay describing their reactions to women in the media.
What effect do the prevalence of televisions in homes have on the American political stage? Challenge your students to consider this idea with these ten questions, both true/false and multiple choice. You could use this worksheet as a review activity or as a quiz after a lesson on mass media.
Eleventh graders study the importance of media through American History.  For this American History lesson, 11th graders develop teamwork skills discovering information regarding an assigned time period.  Students predict and analyze the impact of media in history and today. 
Students take a closer look at the attributes of electronic media. In this journalism lesson, students compare and contrast electronic and print versions of the same news stories. Students then write their one broadcast news stories.
Students examine the impact movies and television have on society and the addictive and negative behaviors they can potentially promote. In this mass media lesson, students explore the ramifications that mass media has on young minds. Students discuss the shallow values and negatives attitudes that are often portrayed in mainstream movies and television. Students answer questions regarding relevant information about what makes people happier.
Examine how the media informs the way your class thinks about racial and ethnic differences. Additionally, middle and high schoolers discuss whether "objectionable material" in mass media from the past should be preserved.
Young scholars view a television program that explores the influence and importance of film's contribution to the rise of global culture. They discuss and write about the movies' influence in their own lives and compare and contrast different forms of media.
Students examine the suggestion that the subjective experience of everyday life and sense of identity has changed in America in recent years. In this post-modernism and mass culture instructional activity, students engage in 4 multi-step exercises that challenge them to understand the aspects of American culture today.
Middle schoolers study the three types of mass media messages: visual media, written media, and audio media. After a class discussion which has them list examples of each, learners get into pairs and work on analyzing the "Four A's" in different types of media messages. The "Four A's" are; angle, audience, aim, and arrangement. Then, the student pairs come up with their own version of a media message in which they use the "Four A's" as best they can. The instructions, activities, worksheets, and scoring rubric embedded in the plan are among the finest I've seen for a lesson on media. I'd highly recommend the lesson for your young teens!

New Review Examine the Media

Take a look at media though a critical lens. Class members cut out images of women from magazines and conduct a gallery walk, considering the portrayal of women and men in these images. They then read an article and discuss the content and images in small groups. Close the class with a general discussion and by coming up with plans to take a stand against the objectification of women.
Young scholars play 'telephone' to simulate communication difficulties. In this media analysis lesson, students read and analyze newspaper articles related to religious tensions between the Pope and Muslims. Young scholars  evaluate the media's power to enhance or detract from Global Peace in a class discussion and make connections to the 'telephone' simulation.
Students participate in a lesson that is concerned with the concept of examining the use of media in society. They create surveys to measure the presence of the media in everyday life. The results are collected and represented in the appropriate type of graph.

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