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Recycling: What’s the Problem?

Students analyze a commercial and clips from documentaries for messages about recycling, its attraction to consumers and industry and its limitations.

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English Language Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Rachel Aronson


How Does the World Look? Questioning Maps

Students analyze different world map projections to identify point of view or bias in maps.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Global Studies, English Language Instruction


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Map
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Ageism in Advertising: Promoting or Countering Stereotypes?

Students analyze television commercials for messages about stereotypes and counter-stereotypes of elders.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Economics, Sociology


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Regulating Social Media: How About It?

Students analyze five short video clips for different messages about the regulation of social media.

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


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Halloween Costumes: When Does Fun Turn Into Hurt?

Students analyze a commercial and video analysis for messages about cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes and how identity impacts responses to media.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology, English Language Instruction


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

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


The U.S. Exits Afghanistan: Lessons from the Newspaper Front Pages

Students analyze newspaper front pages from August 2021 for messages about media representation of the U.S. exit from Afghanistan.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
News - Print, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Critical Race Theory – Whose History? Whose Story?

Students analyze clips from a variety of video sources for messages about the teaching of U.S. history, critical race theory and the power of media to persuade.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology, English Language Instruction


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Animated Film, Feature Film, News - Video, Web Video
Mp4, 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 - Print, 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, Webpage
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


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, News - Video
Mp4, Pdf
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, College
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


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, News - Print
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Election 2020 – The Facts are Clear but Who Do We Trust?

In this media literacy activity students analyze a collection of tweets from President Trump, a televised press conference statement by President-elect Joe Biden, a video opinion piece by Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, a press release from the U.S. Government office for cyber-security and infrastructure security and an online fact checking webpage by the Annenberg Public Policy Center for messages about the 2020 Presidential election results and media credibility.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, News - Video, Web Video, News - Video, Speech, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News - Video, Social Media, Speech, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Ancient Nubia & Ancient Egypt: What’s the Story?

In this media literacy activity students analyze two film clips for messages about the ancient Egyptians and Kushites, the role of racism in archaeology and storytelling choices in documentary film.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Television Program, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
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


Mapping Ancient Civilizations: Who’s Included and Who’s Not?

In this media literacy activity students analyze the bias and techniques used in maps of ancient civilizations.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Global Studies, Sociology


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Map
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Polling on Structural Racism: What Do Different People Believe?

In this media literacy activity students analyze charts and graphs showing polling data on how different groups view structural racism in the United States.

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Math, Psychology, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Chart/graph
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Representations of Asian People in the Media

In this media literacy activity students analyze video clips for messages about media stereotypes and cultural respect of people of Asian descent.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Miles Davis: Inspiration to a Masterpiece

In this media literacy activity students analyze video clips from a feature film and a documentary film for messages about musical inspiration and collaborative creativity.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Music, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Incan Religion – What Sources Should I Use?

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from different media documents – a young adult fiction book, a Wikipedia article, a Twinkl education page, a magazine article, a tourism webpage, a documentary film and an animated children’s film – to assess the credibility and usefulness of each source for research on Incan religion.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Global Studies


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Animated Film, Blog Post, Documentary Film, Informational Text, Literature, Magazine
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Vaccine Nationalism and Global Equity: Who Gets the Shots When?

In this media literacy activity students analyze short videos for messages about the ethics of global vaccine access.

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Health, Life Sciences, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Ancient Egypt - Ancient Media?

In this media literacy activity students analyze images of things found in ancient Egypt to determine which might be considered media and to explore how the cultural characteristics of places change over time.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Mr. Rogers: What Do We Do When Our Feelings Are Hurt?

In this media literacy activity students analyze clips from a documentary film and a feature film about Mr. Rogers for messages about storytelling in film and about how to deal with difficult feelings.

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English Language Arts, Health, Psychology, Film/Video Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Feature Film, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Race and Perspective: Contrasting the Police Response to the Capitol Insurrection and Black Lives Matter Protests in TV and Print

In this media literacy activity students compare two opinion pieces, a TV news commentary and a print article, about the police response to Black Lives Matter protests and to the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021 for messages about media construction and how our identity influences our views.

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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Blog Post, News - Print, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Two Views of an Insurrection: January 6, 2021

In this media literacy activity students analyze the choices made in constructing two news reports on the January 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol and how we interpret the bias of each.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Bob Dylan: Storytelling for Social Justice

In this media literacy activity students analyze video clips from feature film and documentary film for messages about songwriting and social protest.

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


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Storming the Capitol: Front Page Constructions

In this media literacy activity students analyze newspaper front pages for messages about media representation of the storming of the Capitol.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
News - Print, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Bottled Water?

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students watch short video clips with English narration and text to analyze authorship, purpose and target audience and to discuss environmental issues related to bottled water.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, LESSON PLAN, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video, Documentary Film, Television Commercial, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, F.G.


Online Scams– Will You Fall for It?

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze web notices to identify different types of online scams.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Advertisement, Blog Post, Social Media, Webpage
Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, FG


Practicing Respect on Public Transportation

In this media literacy activity students analyze short video clips for messages about respect on public transportation.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, LESSON PLAN, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, FG


Panamanian Fauna: Who’s Telling the Story and Why?

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze videos about Panama’s native animals for messages about species conservation and the source and purpose of each video.

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Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, LESSON PLAN, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, FG


Clickbait – Can You Spot It?

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze webpages to identify clickbait strategies.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration, Social Media, Webpage
Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, FG


Panamanian Family Values – According to Whom?

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze images and text in webpages for messages about family values in Panama and about the source, purpose and credibility of websites.

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Health, Psychology, Global Studies, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Informational Text, Webpage
Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, FG


Human Rights in Panama: What’s the Story?

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze news reports and social media for messages about human rights in Panama.

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Psychology, Journalism, Global Studies, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Informational Text, News - Print, Photograph, Webpage
Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, FG


Who’s Selling Me on this Sport?: Identifying Target Audience

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze social media posts for messages about different types of sports in Panama.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Photograph, Social Media, Web Video
Pptx, Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, Fundación Galindo


To Smoke or Not to Smoke?: Advertising & Persuasion

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze a poster from the 1970s and a webpage and product packaging from the 2010s for messages about smoking.

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English Language Arts, Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, LESSON PLAN
Advertisement, Blog Post, Illustration, Informational Text, Television Commercial, Webpage
Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, Fundación Galindo


Panama’s Ethnic Groups- Who Tells Their Story?

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze websites for messages about Panama’s Indigenous people and about how to judge the credibility of media messages.

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Global Studies, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
News - Print, Photograph, Webpage
Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, Fundación Galindo


Money is Not the Same Everywhere: Techniques of Communication

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze currencies from Panama and the United States for messages about techniques of construction and historical context.

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


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT
Illustration, Informational Text
Pdf, Docx, Pptx
Sox Sperry, Fundacion Galindo


Healthy Food: Who’s Telling Me What I Should Eat?

This media literacy activity was created to integrate the teaching of English language instruction with media literacy for educators in Panama. In this media literacy activity students analyze media messages from Panamanian health & nutrition organizations for messages about good nutrition.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Webpage, Web Video
Pptx, Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, Fundación Galindo


The Roots of Democracy in the United States: Iroquois or Athens?

In this media literacy activity students analyze two videos for messages about the roots of U.S. democracy with the Native American Iroquois confederacy and historic Athenian democracy as points of reference.

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US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Media, Politics and the Supreme Court

In this media literacy activity students analyze newspaper articles about the Supreme Court confirmation process for Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993 and for Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 for messages about how political decisions influencing Supreme Court confirmation processes have changed with different historical contexts.

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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
News - Print
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Polarized America: Political Conventions 2020

In this media literacy activity students analyze montages of clips from the 2020 Democratic and Republican conventions for messages about target audience and polarization of the electorate.

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Psychology, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Media Representations of Working Class Men: Different Eras, Different Understandings

In this media literacy activity students analyze a portion of a mural from the 1930s and a clip from “The Simpsons” TV show from the 1990s for messages about media representation of working class men.

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Psychology, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Animated Film, Animated Film, Illustration, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Internet Messages About Toys: What’s the Purpose?

In this media literacy activity, students analyze a toy commercial, an educational video and a clip from an animated film for messages about the purpose of media messages.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Economics


Lower Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Animated Film, Web Video, Television Commercial, Animated Film, Television Commercial, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Media Bias Charts: Who’s Rating What?

In this media literacy activity students analyze 4 charts on the political bias of different news sources with background information on the authors and methodology for each chart, to reflect on credibility, political bias in the media, the student’s own confirmation biases, and extremist views on the Internet.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Chart/graph, Informational Text
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Greta Meets Malala: How Different Media Forms Present the News

In this media literacy activity students analyze media reports on the meeting between Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai. In addition to learning about the two young activists, students reflect on the qualities of different media forms including news and opinion articles, a tweet and posts on Instagram and Facebook.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Sociology


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

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, News - Print, Photograph, Social Media
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Blowing the Whistle On Big Tobacco Propaganda

In this media literacy activity students analyze a cigarette ad, an excerpt from an investigative documentary, a clip from a TV news program and a clip from a dramatic feature film for messages about the tobacco industry’s efforts to mislead the public about the health consequences of smoking.

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Health, Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, Consumer Education, Economics, Sociology


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

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


Understanding Teen Media Use: Different Research Techniques

In this media literacy activity students analyze three articles about different approaches to social science research through polling data analysis, a longitudinal study and a literature review. Students explore the techniques used for data gathering and discuss the impacts of social media use on adolescents.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Techniques of Persuasion: Smoking, Vaping and Health

In this media literacy activity students analyze commercials and PSAs related to smoking and vaping for messages about purpose, technique and target audience.

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


Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Presidential Photo-Op and Political Protest: Who’s Telling the Story?

In this media literacy activity students analyze and compare a short video produced by the White House and a longer news report by MSNBC on President Trump’s photo-op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church on June 1, 2020 during nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.

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


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Covering Black Lives Matter: Front Page Constructions

In this media literacy activity students analyze newspaper front pages for messages about media representation of nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd.

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


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
News - Print, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Carbon Sequestration: Solutions to Climate Change

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about the effectiveness of different carbon sequestration solutions in reversing the impacts of greenhouse gas releases on climate change.

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Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Fighting Back Against Religious Intolerance

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about how young people challenge religious intolerance.

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Health, Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


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

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Web Video, Animated Film, News - Video, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Olivia Wiese


Conspiracy Theories About COVID-19: Who’s Selling? Who’s Buying?

In this media literacy activity students analyze media documents that allege conspiracies related to the coronavirus. Students then analyze media messages for credibility and reflect on their own biases in interpreting conspiracy theories.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Magazine, News - Print, Social Media, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Faces of COVID-19 – Artists as Activists

In this media literacy activity students analyze short videos about the human faces of COVID-19 for messages about how artists work to humanize the pandemic.

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Health, Psychology, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


The Death of Kobe Bryant: How Viral Media Spreads Misinformation

In this media literacy activity students analyze screen grabs from a YouTube page, a Facebook post, a network news video page and online headlines, photos and captions for messages about credibility of Internet news reporting.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
News - Print, Photograph, Social Media, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Confirmation Bias, Coronavirus and the 2020 Presidential Campaign

In this media literacy activity students analyze the credibility of a controversial pro-Biden political ad attacking President Trump on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a tweet in response by Trump War Room, and an article from the fact-checking website Politifact about the controversy. Students then analyze their own confirmation bias as they reflect on how they evaluate the credibility of sources on political issues.

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


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Web Video, Informational Text, Social Media, Television Commercial, Webpage, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Time Magazine’s Person of the Year – How Selections Change Over Time

In this media literacy activity students compare Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” covers from 1965-1969 and 2015-2019 for messages about historical context in judgments of who is important across a half century.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
Illustration, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Cyberbullying: How It Hurts & How to Help

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos made for students for messages about the effects and remedies for cyber-bullying.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Student Media Production, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video, Animated Film, Social Media, Television Commercial, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Female Superheroes: Changing Powers Over Time

In this media literacy activity students analyze female superheroes from comics of the 1960s and 2010s for messages about changes in media representations of gender and power across fifty years.

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English Language Arts, Psychology, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
Informational Text, Photograph, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


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


Women’s Suffrage: Why the Women’s Vote Was Important Then and Is Now

In this media literacy activity students analyze primary and secondary texts from the 19th to the 21st century for messages about the arguments in favor of women voting.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Editorial Opinion, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, Magazine, Speech
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Why Vote?

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about why voting is important.

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US History And Government, Sociology


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


COVID-19 and the Economy: Conflicting Priorities

In this media literacy activity students analyze two opinion pieces for messages about how to manage the economy during a global health crisis.

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Journalism, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Editorial Cartoon, Informational Text
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Changing Our Media Habits: The Impact of the Pandemic

In this media literacy activity students analyze charts, graphs and illustrations for messages about media consumption changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Math, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology


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

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Chart/graph, Illustration
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


How Disease Spreads: Cholera Epidemic of 1892

In this media literacy activity students analyze an anti-Semitic editorial cartoon and newspaper editorial from the 1890s, an excerpt from a contemporary magazine article and a webpage from a respected medical health center for messages about the social and scientific beliefs that inform our knowledge about how cholera spreads.

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Health, Psychology, Life Sciences, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion, Magazine, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry, Nancy Ridenour


Trusting Web Videos on COVID-19 (Or Not)

In this media literacy activity students analyze for credibility four video clips of people giving prevention advice during the Covid-19 crisis: President Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a New York City primary care doctor during an online family information session, and a naturopathic doctor during a televangelist TV program. These were all posted online in March of 2020.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Web Video, News - Video, Speech, Television Commercial, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


COVID-19 & Climate Change: Graphing the Connection

In this media literacy activity students analyze online graphs and text for messages about the connections between the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

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Health, Math, Journalism, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Chart/graph, Informational Text, News - Print, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


“The Truth About Coronavirus” - Google Searching For COVID-19

In this media literacy activity students analyze results from two Google searches, one for “coronavirus” and one for “the real truth about coronavirus,” to reflect on the impact of search terms on the sources that Google recommends.  

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English Language Arts, Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Consumer Education, Sociology


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Social Media Goes Viral: Fact Checking Messages About COVID-19

In this media literacy activity students analyze a text message, a Facebook post, a webpage from a fact checking organization and a tweet from the World Health Organization for messages about credibility of Internet information about precautionary health measures for COVID-19.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Consumer Education, Global Studies, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Informational Text, Social Media, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Wash Your Hands – What’s the Right Way?

In this media literacy activity students analyze a comic, a graphic, a music video and a public service announcement for messages about the best way to wash your hands to protect yourself from getting sick.

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English Language Arts, Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Consumer Education


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Animated Film, Blog Post, Editorial Cartoon, Illustration, Informational Text, News - Print, Television Commercial, Webpage, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Misinformation About COVID-19: How to Figure It out

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about what to do about misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Blog Post, Editorial Opinion, News - Video, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


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
Illustration, Informational Text, Literature
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Slavery in the 21st Century: What Can We Do?

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos about modern day slave trafficking for messages about causes and solutions.

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Health, Psychology, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Animated Film, Television Commercial, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Katja Krieger


Representations of Enslavement in South Carolina – Context is Everything

In this media literacy activity students analyze primary and secondary texts from the 19th, 20th & 21st century for messages about African slavery in South Carolina.

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


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Social Media and Elections: What’s the Connection?

In this media literacy activity students analyze online charts and text for messages about the impact of social media on U.S. elections and political discourse.

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Math, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Chart/graph, Informational Text, Magazine, News - Print, Social Media, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Teaching the Enslavement of African People in the Americas

In this media literacy activity students analyze an executive summary from a research report, an opinion piece in a newspaper and a post in an online community site for messages about how and why we teach about the history of slavery.

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US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Fact Checkers: How Do They Decide?

In this media literacy activity students analyze fact checking websites for messages about their goals and processes for determining credibility.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


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, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Food Waste: What’s the Problem? What’s the Solution?

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about the problems and potential solutions related to global food waste and climate change.

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Health, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Meat or Veggies? The Impact of Diet on Climate

In this media literacy activity students analyze a documentary film and a television news report for messages about how plant-based and meat-based diets impact climate change.

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Health, Journalism, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Documentary Film, Television Program
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Seeing Body Image Through Instagram Filters

in this media literacy activity students analyze a residential treatment center blog post, an opinion piece in college newspaper and an international newspaper story for messages about the impact of Instagram filters on social media users.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Editorial Opinion, News - Print, Social Media, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Vaccinations – What Role Does Social Media Play in Informing the Public?

In this media literacy activity students analyze an article from an anti-vaccination Facebook page, a public radio podcast and an international newspaper for messages about the role of social media in promoting public health as regards vaccines and immunization.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News - Print, Social Media, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry, Jennifer Borowicz


What’s in My Lunchbox?

In this media literacy activity students analyze a book cover, a lunchbox, a YouTube screen grab and a webpage for messages about eating fruits and vegetables.

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Health, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Economics


Lower Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


YouTube Recommendations: What Do I Do?

In this media literacy activity students analyze results from a YouTube recommendations list for messages about how to select videos based on the likelihood of their offering credible information.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Sociology


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Individual, Pair, Group - Small (3-5 Members)
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Webpage, Web Video
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Migrants Wait in Mexico – Whose Problems Do We See?

In this media literacy activity students analyze Spanish language news articles from Mexican newspapers for messages about migrants seeking asylum in the U.S.

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Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
News - Print
Pdf
Sox Sperry, Nora Schapira, Kaile Tsapis & Olivia Gellar


Thanksgiving: Who’s Telling the Story?

In this media literacy activity students analyze short videos for messages about the meanings and impacts of the stories surrounding Thanksgiving.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video, Animated Film, Documentary Film, Editorial Opinion, Television Commercial, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Google Image Searches – Do They Promote or Counter Stereotypes?

In this media literacy activity students analyze image search screen shots for messages about how gender stereotypes are promoted or countered in Google searches.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Photograph, Webpage
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


The Physics of Star Wars: Can the Millennium Falcon Make Light Speed?

In this media literacy activity students analyze web videos exploring the science of Star Wars movies for messages about what it would take for humans to travel at the speed of light.

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Film/Video Arts, Physical Sciences


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Squanto and the First Thanksgiving: Whose Story?

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from children’s books for differing perspectives and messages about the history of Squanto’s role in the first thanksgiving feast.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary
Pair, Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration, Informational Text, Literature
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Fact Checkers: How Do They Decide?

In this media literacy activity students analyze fact checking websites for messages about their goals and processes for determining credibility.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Climate: What Can We Change?

In this media literacy activity students analyze children’s videos for messages about the impacts of climate change and what people can do to help.

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Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Animated Film, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Why Go to School?

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about why education is important.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Animated Film, Television Commercial, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Rating Media Credibility – Who’s Behind the Curtain?

In this media literacy activity students analyze websites for messages about how funders and advisors influence bias.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Consumer Education, Economics, Sociology


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Chart/graph, Informational Text, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry