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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!
Students examine extension ideas concerning 9/11, Defining Moments. They analyze a variety of Supreme Court cases, the U.S. Constitution, Mass Media Interpretations, Racism, Immigrant groups and U.S. geography. Many questions are asked after each section for the students to answer and discuss.
Students examine the suggestion that the subjective experience of everyday life and sense of identity has changed in America in recent years. For this post-modernism and mass culture lesson, students engage in 4 multi-step exercises that challenge them to understand the aspects of American culture today.
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 play 'telephone' to simulate communication difficulties. In this media analysis lesson plan, students read and analyze newspaper articles related to religious tensions between the Pope and Muslims. Students evaluate the media's power to enhance or detract from Global Peace in a class discussion and make connections to the 'telephone' simulation.
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.
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.
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.
Eleventh graders study the importance of media through American History. In this American History lesson plan, 11th graders develop teamwork skills discovering information regarding an assigned time period. Students predict and analyze the impact of media in history and today.
Learners 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. Learners 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 and discuss the role the media plays in the United States presidency. Begin by listening to one of Roosevelt's Fireside Chats (link to audio provided). As a class, respond to anticipatory questions, then proceed to read informational text and explore the influence of today's media on the presidency and voting.
Students compare/contrast the media messages they see in two different communities in their city. They list the elements of art and the principles of design in the photographs they have taken in those two different communities. They create visual and conceptual models of the "media sphere" found in the two communities of their choice.