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The Study of Jon Stewart’s Comedy on America
What do your pupils think of the state of news casting in the United States? Find out with the materials and plan provided here. The resource includes a journal prompt, several reading selections, an essay prompt, a model essay, a rubric, and a self-assessment. Using Jon Stewart's popularity as a jumping-off point, class members discuss news media and read articles about Jon Stewart. The essay prompt is included; however, you might need to set aside more class time for planning and drafting. The wealth of materials is the strong point of this resource.
Diversity in Media: Looking Critically at What We See
This learning experience fosters awareness of representations we see, and don't see, in the media. Learners list TV programs, games, and films they enjoy, identify characters' ethnic, religious, (dis)ability, and sexual orientation status, assess whether what they see accurately represents where they live, and discuss equity or the lack of it in the media. Sourced from Canada, where the broadcast industry has set voluntary standards to promote equity in the media. With graphic organizers.
METHODS OF COMMUNICATION
Students identify and determine the effectiveness of various methods of communication. They construct a chart or poster that illustrates the various methods and venues through which individuals, groups, and the media communicate with the public.
Media: Between the Lines
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.
Bias and Crime in Media
Critical thinking and social justice are central themes for this resource on bias and crime in media. The class views and discusses an incisive PSA that highlights assumptions based on race. Small groups read newspaper opinion pieces about reporting a person's faith in crime news and deconstruct how it can influence bias toward groups of people based on religion. Learners then produce PSAs of their own to point out and counteract bias.
The Key to the Media's Hidden Codes
You are being manipulated! Arm yourself with awareness! Learn how to identify the various technical codes (images, sounds, colors), and how media makers use these codes to subconsciously influence your emotions and impulses. Just do it. Think different.
Miscast and Seldom Seen
Consider how well young scholars' favorite TV shows, movies and video games reflect the diversity of society. The lesson introduces your class to several media literacy concepts, such as how media conveys values and messages, as well as the possible consequences of these concepts. Specifically, this lesson deals with the problems of under-representing or inaccurately portraying diversity. Small groups analyze characters in media, and finish by writing letters to the editors of these sources.
Favorite Sports and Athletes: an Introduction to Sports Media
Even young children watch sports and like team logos and products. It's never too early to think critically about what's onscreen. This exercise develops awareness that media communicate values (i.e. who participates in sports and who doesn't; violence is newsworthy), and how aesthetic appeal can influence beliefs. Start with a graph of children's favorite sports, and connect their experience to media images of athletics and competition. Consider adding video clips.
How Media Shapes Perception
Students analyze how media shapes their perception of events. In this media activity, 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.
Media Literacy in Presentations
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!
Media Literacy: Communication
Sixth graders design travel brochures using technology to persuade people to visit their location. In this travel brochure lesson, 6th graders must communicate what is attractive about a place that would convince you to visit. Students present their projects.
Media Literacy Analyzed
Fourth and fifth graders define the term media literacy, then come up with examples that they share with the class. The types of media studied are auditory, visual, and written. Learners get together in pairs and perform a media scavenger hunt. They search the Internet and library sources to find the examples they want to share. The worksheet that goes along with this exercise is filled out by the kids, and it has them list the author, the format, the audience it's intended for, the content, and the purpose of the message. An excellent lesson on media literacy for your upper graders.
Communication and Social Networks
Pupils work in cooperative groups to explore communication needs of our world. They are assigned a demographic area and asked to create ways to solve communication problems with innovative ideas. They also explore areas that can help with communication in everyday life.
American Media: Addicted to Scandal?
Students examine media coverage of George W. Bush's refusal to answer questions regarding past illegal drug usage in the 1999 campaign. They consider the role of rumor, scandal, audience and relevance in political media coverage.
Effective Communication for Successful Careers
Having good written communication skills is a must in today's workplace. Foster these skills by engaging learners is a discussion on how good writing skills can improve communication in the workplace. Have them write a project proposal for a formal or business audience. After they have written their papers they'll swap them with a peer for review.
First Person: Diversity in Video Gaming
High schoolers explore the relationship between video games and actual population. Example: A 2005 study showed Latino youth play at higher rates than other groups, but there are no Latino playable characters. They watch a brief video about race and popular game characters, read about stereotyping, and research demographics. They then take an eye-opening online quiz (link is tricky, but worth finding), examine diversity in game genres, and design a game that mirrors their own experience.
Wisdom of the Ages
Students reflect on the different stages of life that humans pass through. They challenge common sense assumptions and critically engage media representations of people at different ages. They determine that media have embedded values and points of view and. create their own representations of senior citizens they admire.
Mega-Mergers and Cross Marketing
Young scholars tudents examine the influence and power of media mergers by studying the Space Jam cross-marketing phenomenon. The lesson begins with a discussion about the film Space Jam, with students responding to an article by Naomi Klein about the movie.
Shaking the Movers: Youth Rights and Media
Children have rights! Exploring those rights and using media to express those rights is the focus of this Media Awareness Network activity. Although some of the law links reflect the Canadian Articles of The Convention, the majority of the resources prove invaluable. Everything from how to create a visual essay to how to access project funding, from taking a position to positioning a camera shot. This activity belongs in your curriculum library.
Communication, Day 1: Non-Verbal Communication
Have your secondary special education class learn and practice effective communication skills. Both verbal and non-verbal communication is discussed and practiced. They communicate using body language, build listening skills, and discuss socially appropriate communication. This lesson plan may not be appropriate for completely non verbal or autistic students, it does involve strong eye contact and physical touch. Still, a great lesson plan.