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Football and Concussions: the NFL vs. Scientific Research

In this media literacy activity students analyze short video clips from an investigative documentary TV program, a feature film, and a congressional hearing for messages about the impact of football on brain disease to assess credibility in film representations of historic events.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, Life Sciences, US History And Government, Sociology


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film, Feature Film, News Video, Television Program, Television Commercial/PSA, News Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Presidents and Propaganda?

This activity asks students to reflect on the definitions of propaganda and fascist propaganda as they analyze two short videos: a pro-Obama music video produced by musician will.i.am in 2008 and a pro-Trump video shown at the Ellipse in Washington DC shortly before the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Music, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Speech, Web Video, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Should the Government Support Gun Research?

In this media literacy activity students analyze short text documents from a scientific research paper abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine, a news story from the National Rifle Association, a magazine article from Smithsonian and an op-ed from the National Review for messages about scientific gun research, credibility, sourcing and their own biases.

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Health, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, Magazine Article, News Article/headlines
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Marketing OxyContin: Profits, Lives and Disinformation

Media documents are excerpts from a company memo from Purdue Pharma, an investigative reporting video, an online article and two government reports related to the marketing of OxyContin. Students analyze messages about the role of industry in fueling the opioid epidemic and the credibility of the media documents.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Individual, Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Informational Text, News Article/headlines, News Video, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


High Fructose Corn Syrup? Is There a Problem? Who Says?

Students analyze a commercial from the Corn Refiners Association, a blog post from an industry-supported group and an article from the Union of Concerned Scientists for messages about the health impacts of high fructose corn syrup, the spread of scientific misinformation and how funders influence media messages.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Individual, Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Blog Post, Informational Text, Television Commercial/PSA, Webpage
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Gender & Fear: “It’s a Scary Time" but for Whom?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze excerpts from a press conference by President Trump, a YouTube song video and an Internet talk show for messages about which groups have cause to fear in the U.S.

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Psychology, Student Media Production, Music, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Benefits And Costs Of Using Plastic Shopping Bags

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short excerpts from websites about plastic bags for conflicting perspectives on the costs and benefits of plastic shopping bags.

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English Language Arts, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Webpage
Pdf
Maureen Gilroy & Sox Sperry


When to Call a Lie a Lie – Media’s Responsibility to Hold Politicians Accountable

In this media literacy activity students analyze an article and a video news commentary from liberal and conservative media sources for messages about how the media responds to lies told by President Trump.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Editorial Opinion, Magazine Article, News Video, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Decoding the Dollar Bill: Historical Context and Identity

Students analyze the imagery, symbols and words on the dollar bill for messages about the United States, historical context and our own identities.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Illustration
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry


What Does the Dollar Bill Tell You About the United States?

Students analyze the imagery on the dollar bill for symbols and messages about the beliefs of the founders of the United States and about what constitutes media.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry