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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 analyze mass media to analyze media bias. For this media bias lesson, students read example situations and definitions about media bias. Students read and discuss how to be aware of media bias.
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.
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.
In this science and mass media in America worksheet, learners complete 12 fill in the blank questions and 6 multiple choice questions regarding the culture of United States
Young scholars evaluate and debate whether movies, television shows, and other mass media cause violent behavior in students and whether books are the same as or different from these other media in their potential for causing violent behavior in Young scholars.
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.
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.
Sixth graders explore the portrayal of males and females in mass media. For 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.
Ninth graders evaluate peer, cultural, mass media, and social influences related to substance use and abuse. Define available support and describe use refusal skills.
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 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 lesson, students engage in 4 multi-step exercises that challenge them to understand the aspects of American culture today.
Students 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. Students  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 instructional activity 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.
Students discuss whether diversity is a part of choice. They discuss what large media mergers mean to society, and whether having choice is part of the freedom and pleasure of life.
Students 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.
What effect do the prevalence of televisions in homes have on the American political stage? Challenge your learners to consider this idea with these ten questions, both true/false and multiple choice. You could use this activity as a review activity or as a quiz after a lesson on mass media.
Eleventh graders study the importance of media through American History.  In 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 explore how political candidates use mass media to deliver their messages to voters. Focusing on specific issues in the upcoming election, students create television commercials representing different parties' views.

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