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2008 Economy Ads

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding Obama and McCain television advertisements on the economy for message and technique.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Television Commercial
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry


Abolitionists on Film

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to teach about arguments for the abolition of slavery and the tactics used by abolitionists.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Animated Film, Documentary Film, Feature Film, Television Program
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Consumer Choices About Natural Resource Use Assessment

Media literacy and critical thinking assessment analyzing messages in a book cover and poster and writing an opinion piece on consumer choices,

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


Upper Elementary
Individual
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ASSESSMENT
Radio, News - Radio, Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry

High School Social Studies: Soviet History-Posters

Related to kit: Soviet History Through Posters: A Visual Literacy Kit

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Soviet History Through Posters. Students are led through a decoding of five Soviet government posters from 1918 to 1988, where they apply historical knowledge while practicing media literacy skills.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Media Literacy Lesson Design
Lesson Elements

Social Studies

High School
College

Selection of Media Documents

The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Online Guide consists of a series of pull-down menus and embedded links to specific examples from existing Project Look Sharp curriculum kits and lessons, particularly those designed for community groups and broad audiences, such as the sustainability curriculum kits. These suggestions on the topic of Selection of Media Documents include sections on: selecting media formats, searching for media documents, addressing copyright issues, seeking diverse representations, tracing media sources, teaching rigorous independent and reflective thought, and do no harm.


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DO IT YOURSELF GUIDE
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Media Literacy Lesson Design
Assessing Credibility & Bias
Fair Use Copyright Law
Reflecting Diversity
Do No Harm
Document Selection
Question Design
Lesson Elements
Lesson Conception






"Celebration" or "Protest"?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson contrasting TV news representations of an incident at a mosque early in the war.

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


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ASSESSMENT, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Chris Sperry & Sox Sperry

(Not So) Unprecedented Media Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Race and Its Historical Precedents

This article helps teachers to understand how to use media documents from the 2016 presidential race (as well as past campaigns) to critically analyze media messages to teach objectives from the new NCSS C3 Framework for the Social Studies and the Common Core ELA standards for secondary social studies. When students examine election posters, cartoons, and ads they will comprehend that many themes--including xenophobia, income inequality, and women's political power--have been historical mainstays on the campaign trail.


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ARTICLE
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Critical Thinking And The News

Social Studies

High School

12 Basic Ways to Integrate Media Literacy and Critical Thinking into Any Curriculum

This booklet is designed for teachers and support staff at all grade levels who are interested in using media literacy in their classroom curriculum. The approaches are based on the concept of weaving media literacy training into the curriculum whenever and wherever possible throughout the school year. Routine integration is much more effective than simply treating media literacy as a special, isolated topic and may better meet the needs of teachers who are already at capacity with the demands of a full curriculum.


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HANDOUT
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding




1800 "The Providential Detection" Cartoon

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1800 political cartoon for messages about Thomas Jefferson, religion and foreign policy.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1800 Connecticut Courant Editorial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1800 newspaper editorial for messages about religion and media bias.

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Journalism, US History And Government, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News - Print
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1800 Jefferson Banner

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1800 banner for messages about Thomas Jefferson, target audience and purpose.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


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

TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1800 Letter from Alexander Hamilton

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1800 letter from Alexander Hamilton about John Adams for messages about Adams' qualifications to be president.

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Journalism, US History And Government, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News - Print
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1800 Portrait of John Adams

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1800 portrait of John Adams for messages about purpose and technique.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


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

TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1800 Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1800 portrait of Thomas Jefferson for messages about purpose and historical context.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


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

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1828 "Little Wat Ye Wha's A-Comin" Song

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1828 campaign song about Andrew Jackson for messages about political attacks.

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Music, US History And Government, ELA/English Language Arts


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, AUDIO
Radio, News - Radio, Music/song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1828 "The Hunters of Kentucky" Song

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1828 campaign song about Andrew Jackson for messages about target audience and presidential image making.

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Music, US History And Government, ELA/English Language Arts


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, AUDIO
Radio, News - Radio, Music/song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1828 Coffin Handbill

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1828 handbill about Andrew Jacksons' war record for messages about political attacks.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1828 Jackson on His Way to Washington

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1828 painting of Andrew Jackson on his way to Washington for messages about presidential appearance and reaching voters.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1832 Aristocrat/Workingman Cartoon

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1832 political cartoon about Andrew Jackson for messages about political imagery and target audience.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College

15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Cartoon
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1832 King Andrew Handbill

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1832 handbill about Andrew Jackson for messages about political attacks and presidential power.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Cartoon
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry