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Columbus “Discovers” America: What’s The Story?

Students analyze three illustrations for messages about Columbus and the Tainos, and reflect on changing perspectives on history.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Music, US History And Government, Global Studies, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Literature, Poster
Pptx, Pdf
Roma Matott


How Do I choose? Picking the Right Book for Me.

Students analyze book covers and pages from various children’s books to determine personal preferences in reading for a variety of purposes.

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Consumer Education, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary

15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Literature
Pptx, Pdf
Sharon Fox


Baby Shark: Introducing Analysis Skills

Students analyze the viral video “Baby Shark” to practice observation, link evidence to a document, assess what is true and not about sharks, and reflect on the credibility of media messages.

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Music, Life Sciences, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Lower Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, Music/song, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Faith Rogow


Discovering Ramadan

Students analyze a tweet, calendar, and book covers related to the celebration of Ramadan to discover unique traditions associated with the holy month and to contrast media forms.

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Visual Arts, Physical Sciences, Global Studies, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Photograph, Social Media, Web Video
Pdf, Pptx
Michele Coolbeth


Rapping the Revolution: Music and Social Change in Iran

Students analyze excerpts from five short Iranian music videos for messages about the causes of the protests in Iran in 2022 and the role of music in revolution.

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Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Music, Global Studies, Sociology, English Language Instruction, Library/Information Literacy


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Music/song, Web Video, Music/song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Political Memes and Bias: What Resonates, What’s True and What Do We Share?

Students analyze political memes about Trump and Biden to think about their purpose and target audience, how to determine their accuracy/credibility, and to reflect on their own biases and critical thinking.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Informational Text, Photograph, Social Media
Pdf, Pptx
Joshua Solomon, Beth Cuddy


Rosie the Riveter: Depiction of Women During WWII

Students will compare three illustrations depicting Rosie the Riveter, from 1943 and 2017 to analyze gender messages and historical context.

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US History And Government, ELA/English Language Arts


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

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Magazine, Poster
Pptx, Pdf
Mary Kate Lonergan


Science or Fiction – Does Carrying an Umbrella in a Thunderstorm Make You More Likely to be Hit by Lightning?

Students analyze a cartoon and a weather channel video for messages about whether carrying an umbrella is potentially hazardous and about credibility in Internet videos.

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Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Web Video, Animated Film, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Joshua Solomon


Indigenous Media Making: Affirming Identity

Students analyze short videos from TikTok, a feature film, a video game, Hip-Hop video, and a documentary film for messages related to Indigenous identity and cultural pride.

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Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School, College

30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Web Video, Animated Film, Documentary Film, Feature Film, Music/song, Social Media, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


African and Free – Maroon Resistance in the Americas

Students analyze videos produced by and about people of the African diaspora in the Americas for messages about representations of their peoples' freedom, resistance, and ties to Africa.

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Film/Video Arts, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School, College

30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Documentary Film, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Indigenous Representations of Cultural Pride and Resilience

Students analyze videos produced by Native Americans (Inuit, Haudenosaunee, Hopi and Hawaiian) for messages about the contributions and resilience of Indigenous nations and peoples.

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Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School, College

30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Documentary Film, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


The History of Cigarette Commercials: Issues of Persuasion and Regulation

Students analyze 3 TV commercials and a PSA for cigarettes from the 1950s-1960s to assess marketing techniques, health messages and gender stereotypes, and then read about and discuss the 1970 congressional ban on cigarette advertising on television.

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Health, Psychology, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College

30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, Informational Text, Magazine, News - Print, Television Commercial, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Joshua Solomon, Cyndy Scheibe, Dylan Mangano


How Much Does College Cost?

Students analyze graphs reporting statistics on the cost of college from different sources, applying mathematical, economic and media literacy frameworks.

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Math, Economics, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Chart/graph, News - Print, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Cyndy Scheibe And Gabriel Zall


Global Perspectives Through Movie Posters

Students analyze pairs of movie posters advertising the same film for different national audiences for messages about cultural perspectives and design choices.

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Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Animated Film, Feature Film, Illustration, Poster
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry, Arlene Laverde


America: Through Music Videos

Students analyze excerpts from music videos about America for messages about identity, media forms and historical and cultural context.

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Film/Video Arts, Music, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School, College

30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Feature Film, Music/song, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Censoring Seuss: Cancel Culture or Cultural Respect?

Students evaluate pages from Dr. Seuss books that were removed by the family for perpetuating stereotypes and then analyze a tweet and replies that includes support and criticism for censoring those images - discussing both the issues and the civility of the comments.

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Visual Arts, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College

30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Literature, Social Media
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Susan Allen


How Much Fruit is in this Drink? How Can You Tell?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode juice containers for messages about health and nutrition.

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Health, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration
Pdf
Gabriel Zall, Hannah Gordon


Is This Cereal Healthy? How Can You Find Out?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode cereal box advertisements for messages about health and nutrition.

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Health, Math, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Print Advertisement
Pdf
Gabriel Zall, Hannah Gordon


The Face of Cereal: Using Cartoon Characters to Persuade Children

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode cereal packages for messages about health and advertising.

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Health, Commercial Arts/Advertising, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Print Advertisement
Pdf
Gabriel Zall, Hannah Gordon


Dinosaurs: What’s True and What’s Not?

Students analyze messages about dinosaurs in a film, an advertisement, a website, a video game, a TV program and a fiction and non-fiction book - and assess the credibility of each source.

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Consumer Education, Life Sciences, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Animated Film, Illustration, Informational Text, Poster, Print Advertisement, Television Program, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry