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First Contact: Who’s Telling the Story?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two paintings about first contact between Native Americans and Spanish conquistadors for messages about historical context and point of view. .

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General Media And Information Literacy, Visual Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Elementary Level: First Contact Between Europeans and Native Americans

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using our lesson, First Contact. Students in this video decode two opposing paintings to understand how Europeans impacted Native American life.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding

Social Studies

Lower Elementary
Upper Elementary

Proclamation of 1763

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson about Native American and colonial perspectives on the Proclamation of 1763.

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US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Map
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar


How Women Got the Vote: Different Authors, Different Stories

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from two children’s history books for messages about the fight for women’s right to vote.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Informational Text, Photograph, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Tarred and Feathered

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson about the impact of the Stamp Act on the American colonists.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Illustration
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

Elementary Level: Decoding Money

Related to kit: Introducing Africa: Critical Thinking and Media Literacy

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Introducing Africa. Students in this video compare two African currencies to the U.S. Dollar to gain insight about cultural differences.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding

Social Studies

Lower Elementary
Upper Elementary



Harriet Tubman Seizes Freedom – Many Stories

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from children’s books for messages about Harriet Tubman, enslavement and the Underground Railroad.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

Phillis Wheatley's Poem

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing a poem about freedom and slavery during the American Revolution.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

AUDIO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Literature
Mp4, Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

The Intolerable Acts

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson about political cartoons and the Intolerable Acts.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Editorial Cartoon
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

The Rebels

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson about Loyalist perspectives during the American Revolution.

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English Language Arts, Music, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

AUDIO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Song
Mp4, Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar