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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


Louis XIV & Absolute Monarchy: Media Messages from the Time

Students analyze media documents from the era of Louis XIV - an oil painting, a royal medal, an excerpt from John Locke’s “Treatise on Government” and an excerpt from a French travel memoir - for messages about absolute monarchy, media forms and historical context.

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Visual Arts, Global Studies, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College

30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


What Can You Tell From a Book Cover?

Students analyze pairs of different covers for the same children’s book for messages about techniques, purpose, impact and target audience.

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


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, Print Advertisement
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry, Sharon Fox


Raptors in the Media

Students analyze a book cover, a magazine cover, a tweet, a poster, a website and a YouTube screen shot for messages about media forms, osprey, eagles and condors and environmental concerns.

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Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Informational Text, Magazine, Photograph, Poster, Social Media, Web Video
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Butterflies in the Media

Students analyze a magazine cover, a T-shirt, a book cover, a webpage, a button and a comic for messages about butterflies, endangered species and media forms.

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Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Informational Text, Magazine, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Sports and Protest: Media and Civil Discourse

Students analyze a news report, an advocacy video and a twitter thread for messages about media bias, civil discourse and the role of athletes in social protest.

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


High School, College

30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, News - Video, Social Media, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry, Josh Solomon


Can You Judge A Book by its Cover?

Students analyze pairs of different covers for the same children’s book for messages about techniques, purpose and target audience.

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


Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Literature, Print Advertisement
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Sharon Fox


What to Believe? Media Misrepresentations of the War in Ukraine

Students analyze social media and news videos for messages analyzing misinformation and bias in reports on Russia’s war on Ukraine.

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Journalism, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College

30-60 Minutes

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


Dolphins in the Media

Students analyze a book cover, a magazine cover, a tweet, a poster, a cartoon, a toy and an advertisement for messages about media forms, dolphins and environmental concerns.

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Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, General Media Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Cartoon, Magazine, Poster, Social Media
Pdf, Pptx
Lori Wiley And Sox Sperry


All You Need is Love: The Beatles in Music and Film

Students analyze excerpts from a documentary, an animated film and a video of a music performance, all centering on the song “All You Need Is Love,” for messages about artistic expression, historical context and interpretation.

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Film/Video Arts, Music, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

30-60 Minutes

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


Historical Monuments: Whose History? Whose Choice?

Students analyze excerpts from a public television series, a news report and a web video for messages about how historic monuments/statues have been reappraised in the Black Lives Matter era in the U.S., Australia, and Latin America.

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Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


GMOs: Bias and Credibility in Media Messages

Students analyze three web videos from corporate, academic and activist sources for messages about genetically modified organisms, techniques used to sway the viewer, and questions about credibility and one’s own confirmation biases.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace

Students analyze excerpts from a documentary and a TV mini-series about Aretha Franklin singing “Amazing Grace” for messages about artistic expression and the impact on individuals and society.

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


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

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


Ukraine’s Holodomor – Famine or Stalinist Genocide?

In this lesson students read a brief history of the 1930’s famine in Ukraine that was caused by Joseph Stalin’s policy of forced collectivization and analyze posters produced by Stalin’s government and by Michael Gorbachev’s government for messages about Stalinism and the Holodomor.

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Visual Arts, Global Studies, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Poster
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Judy Heumann: Disability Activism in Video

Students analyze short video clips from different video genres for messages about how Judy Heumann pushed for civil rights for people with disabilities.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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


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


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Global Studies, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Visual Arts, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Film/Video Arts, Music, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Global Studies, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Visual Arts, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Health, Psychology, Film/Video Arts, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Film/Video Arts, Music, US History And Government, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, LESSON PLAN, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Sociology, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Sociology, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, LESSON PLAN, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Sociology, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

POWERPOINT, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Health, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Sociology, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


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

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, LESSON PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Visual Arts, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Global Studies, Economics, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Sociology, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

POWERPOINT, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Psychology, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Economics, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Journalism, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


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

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Film/Video Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Journalism, Consumer Education, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Psychology, Student Media Production, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Psychology, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, 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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US History And Government, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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US History And Government, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, 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
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Health, Psychology, Consumer Education, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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, Psychology, Consumer Education, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, 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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Health, Consumer Education, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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