Media (Communication) Teacher Resources
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Pupils 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.
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.
New! 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.
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.
Here is a phenomenal language arts 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.
Students analyze how media shapes their perception of events. In this media lesson plan, 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.
Consider how well students' 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.
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.
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.
High schoolers 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.
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.
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 participate in the World Without Oil game as they examine the effects of a prolonged oil shortage. In this oil shortage instructional activity, students play the online game, World Without Oil, before making an audio clip based on the scenarios. They script and produce a report/podcast that describes what the world would be like during a prolonged oil shortage.
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 may not be appropriate for completely non verbal or autistic students, it does involve strong eye contact and physical touch. Still, a great lesson.
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.
Having social skills and being able to assert yourself in a positive way is so important. Students with mild to moderate disabilities engage in a series of activities to practice assertive communication and social skills. Perfect for a secondary special education class learning how to be socially appropriate in a safe way.
Social media and online networking dominates communication in today's society, and it would be a disservice to our classes not to take some time to explore this very relevant cultural phenomenon. This resource brings to light the type of communication that our adolescents are involved with on a daily basis, and gives them the opportunity to analyze the purpose and advantages/disadvantages of such programs as Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, etc.
Play the video "Digital Life 101" to launch a discusion of the responsible use of social media and online relationships. Related activities ask learners to craft a personal simile describing their media life, and handouts provide a media use quide and vocablary list.
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.
Seventh graders define terminology and explore the effects media has on our society and on individuals. For this media evaluation lesson students work cooperatively and solve problems.