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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.
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.
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.
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.
Learners analyze how media shapes their perception of events. In this media lesson, 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.
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!
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 instructional activity on media literacy for your upper graders.
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.
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 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.
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.
Having social skills and being able to assert yourself in a positive way is so important. High schoolers 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.
Eighth graders compose or create works of communication for specific audiences and purposes. They locate, access, and select relevant information from a variety of sources. They revise and edit their work to improve content, organization and effect to suit their audience and purpose.