Media Literacy Teacher Resources
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Teaching documentary in your class? Inform your instruction with a guide meant to support teachers as they begin with documentary. The resource includes information on what a documentary is as well as documentary modes, elements, and film and media literacy. Instructors can use the included questions and other materials, such as examples of various shot types, to help build their own lessons on documentary.
Students examine the concepts of media literacy and how they apply to prescription drug advertising. They watch and discuss the Frontline video, "The Other Drug War," complete a worksheet, and answer questions regarding magazine drug advertisements.
During Screen-Free Week, help your pupils develop media literacy through analysis of their favorite shows.
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.
Students examine how to evaluate what they are watching on television. They discuss hip hop music videos, compare/contrast them to other types of music videos, write a letter or press release about promoting positive teen stories, and evaluate the news.
Learners meet as a class to discuss a variety of media literacy topics before breaking into groups to conduct research on one aspect of the topic. In order to gather information, they watch episodes of the Simpson's television show and answer assigned questions. Finally, they design a PowerPoint presentation to share their finding with the class.
Elementary learners observe and discuss advertisements for tobacco and alcohol. They identify how advertisers place information in strategic spots and make their product look good. They choose an ad and fill out the attached form on media literacy. Let's empower our future consumers!
Use this general lesson plan guide to inform your instruction surrounding a documentary. The lesson plan is made up of five activities. The activities are intentionally general because they are designed to adapted for specific films. While the lesson plan was originally designed to go with the films on the same site as the plan, they could be used with virtually any film. Additionally, the resource includes a series of questions grouped by theme that could be asked about any film.
High schoolers examine and analyze visual media and its messages critically. They determine whether specific media messages inform, entertain, or persuade and what factors influence the media. Using primary sources, they participate in peer discussions and debates about what type of media best portrays a real life historic event.
Encourage your pupils to think critically about media and the messages media portrays. Starting off with a quick-write about pop culture, this assignment launches into a hands-on, collaborative collage project. After creating collages, partners take a gallery walk, respond to a series of questions, and come up with a message they would like to say to the media. A separate assignment page is included for the message requirements.
After a novel study, provide your class with the eight project options here. Pupils select one option and use the planning and time management tools included to stay on track with their work. Most of the project options involve use of the Internet for research or word processing tools. These projects could work with any text. When complete, students present their work to the class.
Here is a phenomenal language arts lesson plan 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 familiarize themselves with the definition of media literacy and why it is important. In this media literacy lesson, students examine the front pages of three different types of newspapers. Students discuss the lead stories and the target audience. Students research background information regarding the publishers. Students track their own media habits by charting their television viewing, reading materials, and internet habits.
First graders identify text features and how they communicate meaning to the reader. In this media literacy instructional activity, 1st graders view the movie The Lorax and discuss how students from another country would respond to this movie. Students write one sentence and draw an illustration.
In this personal health media literacy activity, students select a food advertisement and respond to 7 short answer questions that require them to examine how the ad influences its audience.
In this personal health media literacy worksheet, students use the 8 questions on this sheet to evaluate a health news report on television. Students write paragraphs the determine whether the reports are valid sources of information.
As part of a study of media literacy, groups examine advertisements from Money, Fortune, The New Yorker, or Good Housekeeping and identify the types of rhetorical appeals used in the ads. After groups present their findings, the whole class discusses other ways persuasion is used in our culture.
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.
Creative thinkers develope advertisements. They work in groups to create an advertisement featuring the importance of contributing to UNICEF. They research, learn about point of view, and present final projects to the class.
Scholars, in groups, gather information relating to community health care. Using video and digital cameras, they interview members of a health center staff. They then compile digital images, select music, and narrate a story about their health center.