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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