Students evaluate the effectiveness of Internet book clubs, present their findings to the class, and design their own on-line book club (under the umbrella of a fictional television program) to encourage non-readers to read more.
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Research Project Embedded with Media Literacy
Here is a phenomenal language arts lesson 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...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Social Media Madness
Tired of seeing u instead of you and 2 instead of too? Teach your pupils how to write for an academic setting by asking them to correct these six social media posts that are full of grammatical errors, spelling errors, and text speak.
5th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Fighting Fake News
Fake news. Alternative facts. Internet trolls. In an age of Newspeak, it's increasingly important to equip 21st century learners with the skills needed to determine the legitimacy of claims put forth on social media, in print, and in...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Power of New Media
What are the benefits of media use? What are the dangers for young people and for society as a whole? After examining a series of materials, individuals craft an essay in which they explain what is at stake, state their own position on...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Five Concepts of Media Literacy
The teenagers in your class are members of the target audience for hundreds of companies and products. Help them become media literate with a lesson that focuses on advertisements and the messages within. As learners read about five...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
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...
8th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Critical Media Literacy: Commercial Advertising
Commercial advertising—we can't get away from it, but do we realize just how often we are being advertised to? With this lesson, scholars analyze mass media to identify how its techniques influence our daily lives. Learners browse...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
EdTech Tuesdays: Student-Driven Apps & Social Media with Brad Wilson
You've heard of apps for students, but have you heard of an app made by students? Listen as 4th grade teacher and EdTech consultant Brad Wilson discusses a student-driven app of writing prompts called Things to Think About, as well as...
2 mins Pre-K - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable