Teaching TV: Critically Evaluating TV

Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in my Closet creates the framework for a specific discussion of nightmares generated by TV and a more general discussion of other emotions evoked by programs.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Follow a reading of Mayer's story with a viewing of the video and ask kids to identify the elements used in the video to create the mood
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a series of five resources designed for the elementary classroom
  • The series presumes that all class members have TV access
Pros

  • The activity gently introduces kids to media analysis
Cons

  • Additional scaffolding would be required for some class members to make the connection between the opening discussion and the various activities