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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
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE
Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
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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English Language Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News Article/headlines
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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English Language Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News Article/headlines
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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE
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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Illustration
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
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

Arguing For Freedom

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of the movement to abolish slavery in the United States in the early and mid-19th century.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


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

ASSESSMENT, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, News Article/headlines, Poster, Print Advertisement
Pdf, Ppt
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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
News Article/headlines
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Peace or Liberty?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of antiwar movements during World War One.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Cartoon, Illustration, Informational Text, Poster, Webpage
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Portraits of War

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on military service during World War One.

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


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

For Peace or Against Oppression?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of antiwar movements during the World War Two period.

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Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Cartoon, Illustration, Informational Text, Poster
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Legacy

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using excerpts from four songs to reflect on the impact and meaning of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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English Language Arts, Music, US History And Government


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp3, Mp4
Sox Sperry

The Great Patriotic War

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using posters to teach about the Soviet Union during World War Two.

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Visual Arts, Global Studies


High School
Whole Class

POWERPOINT, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT, TEACHER GUIDE
Poster
Ppt, Pdf
Chris Sperry

To Kill or Not To Kill

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on military service during World War Two.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Documentary Film
Pdf, Mp4
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, Journalism, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, Facebook Post, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Tweet
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Twitter and Lies: How They Snowball

In this media literacy activity students analyze an excerpt from a research study published in a scientific journal and a news article about the study in an online magazine for messages about the spread of lies on Twitter and the differences in writing for different target audiences.

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


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Informational Text, Magazine Article, Tweet
Pdf
Sox Sperry

World War One Through Posters

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing messages about economics in World War One posters.

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Health, Psychology, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Global Studies, Economics


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Poster
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry & Cyndy Kramer

World War II D-Day - Two Views of History: Soviet and American

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode U.S. and Soviet history texts for conflicting perspectives about D-Day and the liberation of France.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School
Individual
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Informational Text
Pdf
Chris Sperry & Sox Sperry

Workers Unite!

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song exceprts to compare songs with messages about worker organizing.

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Music, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Which Side Are You On?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of the U.S. labor movement between Reconstruction and World War One.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


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

ASSESSMENT, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion, Illustration, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Poster, Print Advertisement
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry

War on Whom?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to study the impact of World War One on soldiers and families.

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp3, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Unions and Race

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on racial inclusion and exclusion in the labor union movement between 1910-1920.

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


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Facebook Post, News Article/headlines, 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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Facebook Post, Informational Text, Tweet, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Confrontation in the Streets: What Do You know?

In this media literacy activity students analyze a viral video and a TV news program on the same event for messages about historical context and viral messages in social media.

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


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
News Video, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, 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/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video, News Video, Web Video
Mp4, 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 Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

YouTube Recommendations: Who’s Steering Your View?

In this media literacy activity students analyze three online articles for messages about the impact of YouTube recommendations on viewers.

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


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, Magazine Article
Pdf
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 Primary, Middle School
Individual, Pair, Group - Small (3-5 Members)
15-30 Minutes

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

Who's in Power in Congress: How Do You Know?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze four charts and text about who holds power in Congress for messages about credibility in media sources.

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


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Chart Graph, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry

What's So Funny about Climate Change? Editorial Cartoon Opinions

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze six editorial cartoons for conflicting perspectives on the direness of the threat of climate change.

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


Upper Primary, Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Editorial Cartoon, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Brian Goodman & Sox Sperry

What Do You Know? Sourcing, Credibility and Bias

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson reflecting on sourcing, credibility, accuracy and bias of information presented in the media while introducing students to vocabulary and issues addressed in Media Constructions of Sustainability lessons.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Nutrition, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School
Individual, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Informational Text
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry

What Do We Do About Fake News?

In this media literacy activity students analyze three online articles for messages about the responsibility to ascertain credibility in news stories.

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


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Webpage
Pdf
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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Tracking Lies: Determining the credibility of Internet information

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a tweet, a blog post and a factchecking webpage for credibility of Internet information.

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


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Webpage
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/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

Tidal Waves & Tsunamis in Film: Fact & Fiction

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short excerpts from a National Geographic video and a TV miniseries to examine credibility of information on the causes and impacts of tsunamis.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Physical Sciences


Upper Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Throwaway Culture: To Buy or to Reuse?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode web videos and commercials for messages about buying disposable products vs. reusing and reducing waste.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies


Upper Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Brian Goodman & Sox Sperry

The Magic of Stereotypes

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing stereotypes about Arabs by viewing an excerpt from the film, Aladdin.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Animated Film
Mp4, Pdf
Chris Sperry & 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/PSA
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Sustainability and Media: Introducing Content Analysis

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson introducing the differences between qualitative and quantitative research by decoding messages about sustainability in magazine covers.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Sociology


High School
Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry

Spotting Fake News: How to Help

In this media literacy activity students analyze three videos for messages about how and why students should recognize and respond to fake news stories.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Student Media Production, Journalism


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

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

Selling Masculinity: What Kind Would You Like?

In this media literacy activity students analyze two television commercials from the same company for conflicting messages about masculinity.

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


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

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial/PSA, Television Commercial/PSA, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Editorial Opinion, News Article/headlines, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Scientific Consensus: Global Warming Is Real and It's Caused by Us

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two web articles from Skeptical Science and NASA for different approaches to reporting on the scientific consensus on human-induced climate change.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry

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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Real Bugs TV Commercial Decoding

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson reflecting on stereotyping by analyzing a TV comercial.

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


Upper Primary, Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Cyndy Scheibe

Pride in Our Hispanic Heritage: Countering Stereotypes

In this media literacy activity students analyze advertisements targeted at the Latino/a community for messages about cultural identity, consumerism and stereotyping,

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General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


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

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Nombres: Creative Naming to Sell Ideas and Products

In this media literacy activity students analyze television commercials and products targeted at the Hispanic community for messages about diverse media forms, consumerism and cultural identity.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


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

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

National Geographic’s Africa

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze title pages from articles about Africa in National Geographic magazine from the 1990s for messages about stereotyping.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Photograph
Ppt, Pdf
Chris Sperry & 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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Mass Shootings: Tracking the Numbers

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a blog post, a fact checking website and an article in a national magazine for messages about sourcing and credibility.

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


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Chart Graph, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Mapping the Border: Who Decides?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze different maps of the U.S. Mexico border region for messages about how mapmakers use images and words to convey messages.

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


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

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration, Map, Print Advertisement
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

Lemmings: Documentary Film Clip Decoding

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson reflecting on the influence of the media on people's beliefs about science and teaching ways to check the validity of questionable claims.

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


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, VIDEO
Documentary Film
Pdf, Ppt, Mp4
Cyndy Scheibe

Islam in Brief

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing bias and objectivity in encyclopedia articles about Islam.

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


High School
Individual, Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Informational Text
Pdf
Chris Sperry & Sox Sperry

How False Statistics Spread in the Digital World

In this media literacy activity students analyze a newspaper headline and photo, a tweet, an academic journal and a university survey for messages about the spread of false information via different media sources.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Happy Valentine’s Day: What’s the message? What’s the purpose?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two TV commercials and a public service announcement for messages about Valentine's Day, storytelling and target audience.

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


Upper Primary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Happy Mother’s Day: Storytelling in Advertising

In this media literacy activity students analyze two long form TV ads for messages about storytelling structure and mother and child relationships.

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


Upper Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
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
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Photograph, Webpage
Pptx, 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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Fact or Fiction? A Snopes.com and Urban Legends Activity

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson introducing students to data collection through surveys and reflecting on why so many people believe in urban legends.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Visual Arts, Sociology


Middle School, High School, College/adult
Group - Small (3-5 Members)
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Illustration, Informational Text
Pdf
Cyndy Scheibe

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/adult
Individual, Pair, Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Discourse or Disinformation?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing conflicting presentations of scientific information about global warming in various drafts of government reports, video and opinion articles .

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Informational Text, News Article/headlines
Pdf, Mp4
Chris Sperry, Dan Flerlage, Alexander Papouchis

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/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
News Article/headlines, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

Corporate Greenwashing: ExxonMobil

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode an ExxonMobil commercial and an environmental advocacy video for conflicting messages about corporate advertising credibility and about human impact on the environment.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Student Media Production, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics


Middle School, High School, College/adult
Individual, Pair, Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial/PSA, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Kelsey Greene

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/adult
Individual, Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Magazine Article, News Article/headlines, Tweet, Webpage
Pdf
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/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Web Video, Informational Text, Television Commercial/PSA, Tweet, Web Video, Webpage
Mp4, 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
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

American Rifleman: Message Shifting Over Time

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze covers from American Rifleman magazine from the 1970s, 1990s and 2010s for messages about changing target audience.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Book/magazine Cover
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

A Media Chronology

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson about Dr. King's public accomplishments and their representation in the media.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Music, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT READING, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Poster, Song, Speech, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Eric Acree, Christopher Carey, Barry Derfel, Kim Fontana, Moira Lang, Faith Rogow, Robin Rosoff, Tanya Saunders, Cyndy Scheibe, Lauren Trichon, Andrea Volckmar

2016 Balancing Facebook Viewpoints

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding Blue Feed/Red Feed posts about the outcome of the 2016 election for sources, bias and interpretation.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, POWERPOINT
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

2008 Targeting Youth with New Media

Media literacy and critical thinking lessons decoding new media forms such as texting, phone apps, email and entertainment news programs for messages about the Obama campaign efforts to target young voters.

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


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Illustration, Informational Text, Poster, Webpage
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2008 Is Obama a Muslim? Sources & Credibility

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson decoding an email, blog post, newspaper story and website articles for messages about whether Barack Obama is a Muslim, sourcing and credibility.

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


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News Article/headlines
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2004 Spin/Counter-Spin: Speeches, Articles, Ads & Websites

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing speeches, articles, ads and website post about the 2004 Bush Kerry campaigns for messages about political campaign spin and target audience.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Economics


High School
Individual, Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Speech, Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1988 Dukakis Packaging Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a commercial from the 1988 Dukakis campaign for messages about image construction in presidential campaigns.

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


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

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


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

1904 Debs "Socialist Party" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a 1904 campaign poster for Eugene Debs for messages about labor and target audience.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1900 McKinley/Roosevelt "Promises" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1900 campaign poster for William McKinley for messages about foreign policy, economics and fear.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text, Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris 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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English Language Arts, Psychology, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


Upper Primary
Individual
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Working for Peace, Working for Justice

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the interconnections between U.S. peace and social justice movements by examining the lives of five peacemakers.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Poster, Webpage
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Why to War? How to Peace?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song exceprts to compare songwriters' techniques in crafting songs of peace.

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Why Oppose War?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using excerpts from four songs to review arguments opposing the Vietnam War.

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4, Mp3
Sox Sperry

Who's A Hero?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on what constitutes antiwar heroism in the context of the Mexican and Spanish-American Wars.

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


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Which Way to Peace?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on choices for peacemaking during the Vietnam War.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

What's the Problem? How Do We Fix It?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using excerpts from four songs to reflect on the problem and potential solutions to the Iraq War.

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

War and Glory

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using excerpts from songs about 19th century wars to compare songwriters' messages about war and peace.

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

AUDIO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, VIDEO
Song
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Together in a Time of War

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on choices for peacemaking during the contra war in Nicaragua.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Documentary Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Small Groups of Committed People

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of antiwar movements during the Cold War period.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Poster, Webpage
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Questioning Manifest Destiny

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about efforts to oppose manifest destiny during the Indian Wars, Mexican War and Philippine-American War.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion, Illustration, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Poster
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Peace is the Way

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about antiwar movements during the Vietnam War period.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Poster, Webpage
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Nuclear Blues

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to reflect on the meaning of the dawn of the nuclear age.

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4, Mp3
Sox Sperry

Making Friends with the Enemy

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to reflect on the impact of war on the Nicaraguan people.

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Psychology, Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

In Case of Nuclear War

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to review perspectives on the impact of nuclear war.

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


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

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

Friend or Foe?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of antiwar movements during the Central American wars of the Reagan administration.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, News Article/headlines, Poster, Webpage
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Dissent or Treason

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of antiwar movements during the Iraq War.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT READING, ASSESSMENT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Poster, Print Advertisement, Webpage
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry

After War Begins

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on choices for peacemaking during the Iraq War, especially among those serving in the military.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

1868 Grant "Let Us Have Peace" Emblem

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an image of an 1868 emblem promoting Ulysses Grant for president for messages about candidate imagery and a peace platform.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

Decoding the Twenty: Andrew Jackson and Harriet Tubman

In this media literacy activity students analyze images related to the twenty dollar bill for messages about U.S. history and historical context.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Editorial Cartoon, Illustration, Tweet
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry

Educating Girls

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short video clips for messages about the barriers to and benefits of girls' education.

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Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Sexual Harassment: Time’s Changing Coverage

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two covers of Time magazine from different years for different historical and cultural messages about sexual harassment.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover
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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Opinion, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, Magazine Article, Speech
Pdf
Sox Sperry

We Will Be Heard

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using exceprts from songs about women's suffrage to analyze the use of stereotyping in songwriting.

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Suffragists on Film

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to teach about tactics used by suffragists toward achieving the vote.

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


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Animated Film, Documentary Film, Feature Film, Television Program, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Naming Oppression

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song exceprts to reflect on messages about women's resistance to oppression.

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Psychology, Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Islam and Cultural Identity in Europe

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing four brief videos with contrasting perspectives about the experience of Muslim women wearing headscarves in Europe

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Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Feature Film, Television Program, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Identity and Satire

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to review representations in popular culture of women's identity in the context of the women's liberation movement.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Animated Film, Song, Television Commercial/PSA, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Hear Our Voices

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of the women's suffrage movement in the United States.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


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

ASSESSMENT, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion, Illustration, Informational Text, Map, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Poster, Print Advertisement, Song, Webpage
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry

Claiming Feminist Identities

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of the late 20th century women's liberation movement in the U.S.

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Health, Psychology, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


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

ASSESSMENT, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Cartoon, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, Photograph, Poster, Print Advertisement
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry

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

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

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Psychology, Student Media Production, Music, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Pronouns & Gender Identity: Who Gets to Choose?

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about gender pronouns and identity choices.

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English Language Arts, Health, Psychology, Student Media Production, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

1984 Time Ferraro Interview

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an interview with 1984 vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro for messages about gender and campaigning.

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English Language Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text, News Article/headlines
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2008 Hillary Clinton & Sarah Palin in Cartoons & Posters

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson decoding editorial cartoons and a poster about Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin for messages about sexism and satire.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Editorial Cartoon, Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2016 Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding videos about the candidacies of Shirley Chisholm and Hillary Clinton for message, historical context, target audience and technique.

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


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

2016 Satirizing Women Candidates

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding political cartoons about the Hillary Clinton and Victoria Woodhull campaigns for message, historical context and purpose.

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English Language Arts, Psychology, Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry & Chris 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


Early Primary, Upper Primary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Web Video, Animated Film, News Video, Web Video
Mp4, 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, Psychology, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Chart Graph, Informational Text, Magazine Article, News Article/headlines, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry

2016 Media Making the Candidate?

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding articles about the role of the media in creating Donald Trump's candidacy for the impact of media, bias and interpretation.

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English Language Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Pdf
Sox Sperry

2016 Meaning in Memes

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding memes about the 2016 election for the impact of social media forms and interpretation.

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English Language Arts, General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

2016 Explaining the Result

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding TV news clips explaining the outcome of the 2016 election for point of view, credibility and interpretation.

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


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

2016 Constructing Candidate Biography

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton film biographies for messages, point of view and target audience.

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


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

2016 Responding to Climate Change

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding Republican and Democratic Party platforms about climate change for message, structure and differentiating fact form opinion.

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English Language Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2016 Targeting Messages on Immigration

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding two Donald Trump speeches on immigration for message, target audience and rhetorical technique.

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


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Speech, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2016 Ensuring Voting Rights

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding news videos about voting rights for message, point of view, credibility and bias.

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


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Program
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2016 Campaigning Leading to Fear

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding website images and text from articles about the suggestion that Donald Trump's candidacy causes fear among students for message, sourcing, credibility and bias.

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English Language Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

2016 Addressing National Security

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding campaign ads from the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns for message, point of view, purpose and values.

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Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial/PSA
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2016 Addressing Economic Inequality

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding website text from the Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigns for message, rhetoric and effect.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2016 Appealing for Racial Justice

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding campaign ads from the Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump campaigns for message, point of view, target audience and purpose.

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Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial/PSA, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2008 Political Satire or Libel?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson decoding a New Yorker magazine cover depicting Barack and Michele Obama as radicals for messages about fear, stereotyping and satire.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Individual, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2008 Historical Election Magazine Covers

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson decoding magazine covers related to Barack Obama's historic campaign to become the first African-American president for messages about imagery, target audience and historical context.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2008 Fear in TV Commercials

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding fear in campaign ads by Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain for messages about foreign policy, attack and fear.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2008 Biographical Films

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding Obama and McCain biographical films for message, historical context, target audience and purpose.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Documentary Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2004 Election Campaign Websites

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing candidate website postings from the 2004 campaign for messages about candidate values and target audience.

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US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Informational Text, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2004 Targeting Latinos Commercials

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing commercials targeting Latino voters from the 2004 campaign for messages about cultural appeal and target audience.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2004 Doonesbury & Boondocks Comic Strips

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing Doonesbury & Boondocks comic strips from the 2004 campaign about Bush and Kerry for messages about issues, candidate imagery and satire.

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


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

STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2004 Photo Ops and Counter Ops

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing a series of photos taken during during the 2004 Bush Kerry campaigns for messages about target audience, candidate imagery and attack.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing a political ad by an anti-Kerry advocacy group during the 2004 Bush Kerry campaigns for messages about war, candidate honesty and attack.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2004 MoveOn.org "Child's Pay" Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing a political ad by a liberal advocacy group during the 2004 Bush Kerry campaigns for messages about economics and attack.

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Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2000 Newsweek Sidebar "Faith is Busting Out All Over"

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a magazine sidebar about expressions of faith among primary candidates for messages about candidate appeals and religious faith.

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Psychology, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Informational Text
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2000 Where is the Salsa? Article

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a magazine article about candidate appeals to Latino voters for messages about target audience and race.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, POWERPOINT
Informational Text, Photograph
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2000 Election Campaign Websites

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing the websites of Gore, Bush and Nader for messages about issues, candidate imagery and voter appeals.

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US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, POWERPOINT
Chart Graph, Informational Text, Webpage
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2000 Convention Entrances

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing the convention entrances of each candidate to receive their party's nomination for messages about candidate imagery and voter appeals.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2000 Newsweek Cover, "The Winner Is..."

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a Newsweek cover following the disputed election results for messages about partisanship in media coverage and the disputed election.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2000 Gore and Bush Intro to Saturday Night Live

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing clips from Saturday Night Live appearances by George W Bush and Al Gore for messages about reaching voters and candidate imagery.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Television Program
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2000 Saturday Night Live Debate Skit

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing clips from a Saturday Night Live skit about a 2000 debate between George W Bush and Al Gore for messages about candidate images and satire.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2000 Gore-Bush 1st Debate

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing clips from a 2000 debate between George W Bush and Al Gore for messages about economic issues and target audience.

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


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Speech, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2000 Biographical Films

Media literacy and critical thinking activity decoding Bush and Gore biographical films for message, historical context, target audience and purpose.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Documentary Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

2000 Music Performances at Conventions

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson decoding Republican and Democratic convention performances for message and target audience.

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Film/Video Arts, Music, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Song, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1992 Campaigns & Elections Magazine Cover

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a 1992 magazine cover about media campaigns for messages about reaching voters.

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


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1992 Time Cover, Clinton

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a 1992 magazine cover about the Clinton campaign for messages about attack and media bias.

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Psychology, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Opinion, Photograph
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1992 Bush What am I Fighting For Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a commercial from the 1992 Bush campaign for messages about economics and foreign policy.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Economics


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1992 Clinton Journey Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a commercial from the 1992 Clinton campaign for messages about image construction and target audience.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Television Commercial/PSA
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1992 Bush & Clinton's Arkansas Commercials

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing commercials from the 1992 Bush and Clinton campaign for messages about economics and attack.

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


High School
Individual, Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1988 Dukakis Tank Ride Photo & Bush Dukakis Tank Ride Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a photograph from the 1988 Dukakis campaign and a commercial from the Bush campaign for messages about image construction and national security.

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Psychology, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Photograph, Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1988 Bush Revolving Door Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a commercial from the 1988 George Bush campaign for messages about race, fear and target audience.

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Psychology, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1988 Newsweek Cover, Jesse Jackson, and Poll Results

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a magazine cover and poll results about Jesse Jackson's 1988 campaign for messages about race and media bias.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover, Chart Graph, Editorial Opinion, News Article/headlines
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1984 Reagan a Bear in the Woodside Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a 1984 campaign commercial for Ronald Reagan for messages about national security and fear.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1984 Mondale "Trade Deficit" Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a 1984 campaign commercial for Walter Mondale for messages about economics and candidate imagery.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Television Commercial/PSA
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1984 Reagan "Morning in America" TV Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a 1984 campaign commercial for Ronald Reagan for messages about economics and target audience.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1984 Time Covers Reagan "Man of the Year"

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing to covers from Time magazine featuring Ronald Reagan as “Man of the Year” for messages about presidential image and historical context.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1972 "Landslide" Cartoon

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a political cartoon from the 1972 Nixon campaign for messages about media bias and political scandal.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1972 Photo of Campaign Workers with Brochures

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a news photo from the 1972 McGovern and Nixon campaigns for messages about reaching voters via street canvassing.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Photograph
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1972 McGovern & Nixon Commercials

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing commercials from the 1972 McGovern and Nixon campaigns for messages about the Vietnam War.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1972 "Together with McGovern" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a post for the McGovern campaign for messages about diversity and target audience.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1968 Humphrey "Man on the Street" Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a commercial for the Humphrey campaign for messages about target audience.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Television Commercial/PSA
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1968 Wallace "Law and Order" Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a commercial for the George Wallace campaign for messages about race, fear and target audience.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1968 Nixon "Law and Order" Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a commercial for the Nixon campaign for messages about target audience and law and order

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Television Commercial/PSA
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1968 Humphrey "Some Talk Change" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a poster for the Humphrey campaign for messages about target audience.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1968 "Nixon's the One" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a poster for the Nixon campaign for messages about target audience and youth.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1968 Robert Kennedy with Cesar Chavez Article

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a newspaper article about Robert Kennedy's support for Cesar Chavez War for messages about labor, Mexican Americans and media bias.

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English Language Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text, News Article/headlines
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1968 LBJ and Vietnam Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a poster about Lyndon B. Johnson's role in the Vietnam War for messages about presidential responsibility and artistic technique.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1964 Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Testimony

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a video of the televised testimony of Fannie Lou Hamer of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party testimony for messages about racism and voter suppression.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Speech, Television Program
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1964 Campaign Button Collage

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a collection of buttons from the 1964 Johnson and Goldwater campaigns for messages about attack and fear in Presidential campaigns.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1964 Johnson "Daisy Girl" TV Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a TV commercial from the 1964 Johnson campaign for messages about nuclear war and foreign policy.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1964 Goldwater "We Will Bury You" TV Commercial

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a TV commercial from the 1964 Goldwater campaign for messages about communism and foreign policy.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1960 Race Against Communism Broadside

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a broadside from the 1960 Kennedy campaign for messages about communism and foreign policy.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1960 Kennedy's Address to Ministerial Conference

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a speech from the 1960 Kennedy campaign to a group of ministers for messages about his Catholicism and religious tolerance.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, AUDIO
Speech, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1960 Nixon-Kennedy Debate

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing a video clip with and without sound from the 1960 debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon for messages about candidate image and televised debates.

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Speech, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1956 Democratic Convention Program Cover

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a program cover from the 1956 Democratic Party convention for messages about target audience and appeals to family and patriotism.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1956 Republican Comic Book

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a comic book spread from the 1956 Republican Party for messages about target audience and appeals to women.

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


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Cartoon, Illustration, Informational Text
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1944 Dewey Response to "Fala Speech"

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing the text of as speech from the 1944 Thomas Dewey campaign for messages about political attacks and speech-making techniques.

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English Language Arts


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text, Speech
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1944 "Our Friend" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a poster from the 1944 Roosevelt campaign for messages about target audience and candidate imagery.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1940 Willkie-Roosevelt Button Collage

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing buttons from the 1940 Roosevelt and Willkie campaigns for messages about reaching voters, political attack and Roosevelt's effort to gain a third term in office

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1940 FDR Poster and Willkie Sticker

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a poster from the 1940 Roosevelt campaign and a sticker from the Willkie campaign for messages about Franklin Roosevelt's effort to gain a third term in office.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1936 "An Attack on the New Deal" Cartoon

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a political cartoon from the 1936 campaign for messages about the New Deal and Franklin Roosevelt.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1936 "Makers of History" Cartoon

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a political cartoon from the 1936 campaign for messages about Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1936 "Fireside Chat" Radio Clip

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a radio clip from a 1938 Fireside Chat by Franklin Roosevelt for messages about reaching voters via radio and free expression.

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US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, AUDIO
Speech
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1932 "Don't Change Now" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a poster from the 1932 campaign for Herbert Hoover for messages about candidate imagery.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1932 "The Girl I Love is a Democrat" Sheet Music

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a sheet music cover from the 1932 campaign for Franklin Roosevelt for messages about women, prohibition and target audience.

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Visual Arts, Music, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Illustration, Song
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1932 "Happy Days Are Here Again" Song

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a campaign song from the 1932 campaign for Franklin Roosevelt for messages about music as a means to promote a candidacy.

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Music, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1908 Taft Haying Photograph

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a photograph from the 1908 campaign for William Howard Taft for messages about candidate imagery and target audience.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Photograph
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1908 Commoner vs Plutocrat Postcard

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a postcard from the 1908 campaign for William Jennings Bryan for messages about candidate imagery and labor.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1908 "Taft-evelt" Poster and Photo of Taft & Roosevelt

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a poster from the 1908 campaign for William Howard Taft for messages about candidate imagery.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1904 Teddy Roosevelt "New Diplomacy" Cartoon

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a political cartoon from the 1904 campaign for Theodore Roosevelt for messages about foreign policy and race.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

1904 Photo of Roosevelt Stumping and "Teddy's Teeth" Ad

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a photo and an ad in the 1904 campaign for Theodore Roosevelt for messages about candidate imagery and reaching voters.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Cartoon, Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1904 Parker "Jeffersonian Principles" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a 1904 campaign poster for Alton Parker for messages about party platform and foreign policy.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text, Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1900 McKinley and Millionaire Advisor Cartoon

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1900 political cartoon about William McKinley for messages about ethics and the influence of campaign contributions.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1900 Bryan "The Issue-1900" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1900 campaign poster for William Jennings Bryan for messages about foreign policy, labor and economics.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Illustration, Informational Text, Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1896 McKinley "The Real Issue" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1896 campaign poster for William McKinley for messages about immigration and economics.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Illustration, Informational Text, Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1896 McKinley Front Porch Visitors Photograph

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1896 campaign photo for William McKinley for messages about candidate image and target audience.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Informational Text, Photograph
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1896 Bryan "Cross of Gold" Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1896 campaign poster for William Jennings Bryan for messages about economics, religion and target audience.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text, Poster, Speech
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1872 Grant "The Working-Man's Banner"

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1872 campaign poster for Ulysses Grant for messages about candidate image and labor.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1872 "Greeley and Tweed" Nast Cartoon

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a political cartoon attacking Horace Greeley for messages about political corruption and scandal.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1860 Lincoln/Hamlin Campaign Poster

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a campaign poster from the 1860 Lincoln campaign for messages about party platform and target audience.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1840 Democratic-Republican Party Newspaper Ad

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1840 Party newspaper advertisement about Martin Van Buren for messages about reaching voters and campaign imagery.

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


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Editorial Opinion, Illustration, News Article/headlines
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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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Editorial Cartoon
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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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School

15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Cartoon
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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English Language Arts, Music, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, AUDIO
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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE
Illustration, Poster
Pdf
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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English Language Arts, Music, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, AUDIO
Song
Pdf, Mp4
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
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

Youth, Hip Hop & Climate Change

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short hip hop music video to compare different approaches to encourage youth activism to deal with climate change.

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Health, Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Music, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Young People Taking Action to Protect our Warming Planet

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze four short excerpts from online articles for messages about youth activism for environmental protection and social justice.

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English Language Arts, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Webpage
Pdf
Joanne Church & Sox Sperry

Wind Farm Site Selection: A Community Debates the Issues

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two op-eds for perspectives on siting local win d farms..

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Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News Article/headlines
Pdf
Laurie VanVleet & Sox Sperry

Where Does My Food Come From?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos to discern messages about the production and transportation of food.

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English Language Arts, Health, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics


Upper Primary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Animated Film, Documentary Film
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

What is the Role of the Federal Government in Protecting the Environment?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze three short news reports for conflicting messages about the appointment of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Environmental Studies, US History And Government


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
News Article/headlines, Television Program, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Cindy Kramer & Sox Sperry

What Is Causing Global Warming?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing conflicting perspectives on the causes for global warming by decoding short excerpts from two films, The Great Global Warming Swindle and An Inconvenient Truth.

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Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


High School
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT, VIDEO
Animated Film, Chart Graph, Documentary Film, Informational Text, Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Ppt, Mp4
Chris Sperry, Dan Flerlage, Alexander Papouchis

Watersheds: Stewardship & Climate Change

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode web pages messages about which strategies might be most useful to deal with climate change impacts on human communities.

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English Language Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Illustration, Map, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

Transitioning to a Sustainable Future

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson in which students will analyze models for sustainability through the lenses of social justice, climate change, fossil fuel depletion and economic systems and thereafter define and articulate their views on transitioning to a sustainable future.

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English Language Arts, Health, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, ASSESSMENT, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Informational Text, Poster, Webpage
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry

Transition to Renewable Energy Now

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short excerpts from a documentary film for the impacts of solar energy technologies on urban China and rural Zambia.

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English Language Arts, Film/Video Arts, Music, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

The Urgency of Climate Action

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze videos by Desmond Tutu and Al Gore for conflicting perspectives on the urgent need to take action to respond to climate change.

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Film/Video Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

The Public Trust - Doctrine Government's Role in Protecting Natural Resources for the Future

This is a media literacy activity in which students analyze two video clips for different techniques in portraying messages about young people who are suing the government to demand that it protect future generations from the impacts of global climate change.

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Health, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Cindy Kramer & Sox Sperry

The Precautionary Principle

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing potential costs and consequences of different responses to climate change by comparing brief text selections from four authors.

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English Language Arts, Journalism, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Speech
Pdf
Chris Sperry, Dan Flerlage, Alexander Papouchis

The Consequences of Global Warming

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing news articles about the impact of global warming on hurricanes, diseases, agriculture, sea level rise, severe weather, freshwater and biodiversity.

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English Language Arts, Health, Journalism, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies


High School
Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Chart Graph, Informational Text, Map, News Article/headlines
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Dan Flerlage, Alexander Papouchis

Teaching About Climate Change: Why Does the Source Matter?

This is a media literacy activity in which students analyze two letters for the National Science Teachers Association and the Heartland Institute for conflicting perspectives about how to teach about global climate change.

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Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text
Pdf
Cindy Kramer & Sox Sperry

Sea Level Rise: Climate Change Impacts

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode videos for messages about conflicting data on the contribution of polar melting to sea level rise.

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English Language Arts, Film/Video Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Rising Sea Refugees

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze short excerpts from two documentary films for different representations on the impacts of rising seas on human populations.

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Film/Video Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Refrigeration Management: A Global Solution to Reverse Global Warming

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode three videos for the impact of refrigeration gases on climate change.

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Film/Video Arts, Consumer Education, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Reforestation: Carbon Sequestration

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short excerpts from the documentary films "Green Gold" and "The Salt of the Earth" for different representations of reforestation as a means to sequester carbon and restore degraded ecosystems.

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Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Poverty: Climate Change & Water Security

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode web pages for messages about the conditions that make people living in poverty extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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English Language Arts, Health, Visual Arts, Nutrition, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Editorial Cartoon, Informational Text, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

Natural Gas: Water & Climate Impacts

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode an advertisement and a web page for messages about how natural gas extraction impacts fresh water resources.

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English Language Arts, Health, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Informational Text, Photograph, Print Advertisement, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

Merging Social Justice with Environmentalism

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using diverse media imagery to teach about the history of the environmental justice movement beginning in the late 20th century.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


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

ASSESSMENT, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Pdf, Pptx
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/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Is There a Future in Oil?

This is a media literacy activity in which students analyze two video clips with the following question in mind: Is there a future in oil? One of the videos features a speaker representing the American Petroleum Institute who highlights the economic benefits of increasing oil and gas production while the other video clip features speakers from the Rockefeller Brothers Funds and 350.org who present the economic and environmental reasons to divest from fossil fuels and support renewable energy sources.

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Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics


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

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

International Climate Agreements: How the Decisions of Government Officials Can Potentially Impact Climate Change

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two op-eds for conflicting perspectives on the impacts of the Trump adminstration's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords..

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Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text
Pdf
Laurie VanVleet & Sox Sperry

Hydrofracking Pros & Cons: Arguing the Case

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode videos for messages about how hydrofracking impacts the biosphere.

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English Language Arts, Health, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial/PSA, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Green Transportation: Electric Cars vs. Bicycles

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short excerpts from online articles for messages about the economic and environmental benefits and costs of electric vehicles.

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Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Webpage
Pdf
Joanne Church & Sox Sperry

Geoengineering: Can Techno Fixes Save Us From Climate Change?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode two articles about geoengineering for credibility and for conflicting perspectives about its usefulness as a tool to combat climate change.

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Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
News Article/headlines, Webpage
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/adult
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Extreme Weather: Climate Change Connections & Water

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode webpages for messages about the relationship between climate change and extreme weather.

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English Language Arts, Health, Visual Arts, Journalism, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Chart Graph, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Webpage
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Ethanol: Pros and Cons

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode videos for messages about the benefits and costs of using corn-based ethanol as an energy source.

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English Language Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial/PSA, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Environmental Justice – For Whom, How and Why?

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos for messages about impacts and potential remedies for environmental justice.

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Health, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

El Nino: Connections to Global Warming

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode videos for messages about patterns of ocean warming during an El Nino year and the subsequent impacts on worldwide weather.

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English Language Arts, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Television Program, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Drought Causes: Climate Change Impacts

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode web pages messages about the relationship between climate change and droughts.

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English Language Arts, Health, Visual Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Illustration, Informational Text, Map, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
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 Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Climate: Climate Change & Biodiversity

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode webpages for messages about the impact of climate change on ecosystem biodiversity.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Illustration, Map, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

Climate Disaster: Young People Act

In this media literacy activity students analyze videos of young climate activists for messages about the forms and effectiveness of climate disaster protest.

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Student Media Production, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Book/magazine Cover, Speech, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry

Climate Change: Do Corporations Have an Obligation to Share Their Research Findings for the Public Good?

This is a media literacy activity in which students analyze two web video clips for conflicting perspectives on Exxon's research into climate change and its responsibility to release its findings to the public.

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Health, Journalism, Consumer Education, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


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

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Cindy Kramer & Sox Sperry

Climate Change, Agriculture & Sustainability

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson reflecting on the impacts of climate change on agriculture and the role of agricultural practices in contributing to climate change.

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English Language Arts, Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


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

STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Informational Text, Television Program, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry

Carbon Trading: Arguments for and Against

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze a webpage from the World Economic Forum and an online comic book for conflicting perspectives on the impacts of carbon trading.

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Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Cartoon, Webpage
Pdf
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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Chart Graph, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Black Lives Matter and Climate Change: What's the Connection?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a news article and an opinion piece about the connections between the Black Lives Matter movement and climate change for issues related to social and scientific content and geographical context.

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Health, Journalism, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, News Article/headlines
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Assessing Carbon Footprints

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing the carbon footprint implications for various products using short readings and "green" advertisements culminating in student reflection on personal consumer choice as it relates to sustainability.

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Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Economics


High School
Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT, VIDEO
Informational Text, Print Advertisement, Television Commercial/PSA, Web Video, Webpage
Pdf, Ppt, Mp4
Chris Sperry, Dan Flerlage, Alexander Papouchis

Apocalyptic Weather Systems in Movies: Science Fact or Science Fiction

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze a brief clip from the feature film, "The Day After Tomorrow" and a science blog post for conflicting perspectives on the potential impacts of extreme weather events related to global climate change.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Film/Video Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Feature Film, Webpage, Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Sherry Altman And Bonnie Quackenbush

A History of Global Warming in Science, Politics, and the Media

Media literacy and critical thinking unit using diverse media imagery to teach about how global warming has been perceived by people in the U.S. and how the media has constructed that public perception.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes, Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Cartoon, Chart Graph, Editorial Opinion, Illustration, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Poster
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Dan Flerlage, Alexander Papouchis

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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text
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 Primary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry

1868 Harper's Weekly Cover, "The First Vote"

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing a magazine cover on the first vote for African Americans following passage of the 15th Amendment for messages about voting rights, race and target audience.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1868 "White Man's Government" Nast Cartoon

Media literacy and critical thinking activity analyzing an 1868 political cartoon for messages about suppression of voting rights for African Americans.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

Carry Me to Freedom

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to compare musical forms carrying abolitionist messages.

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

AUDIO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Song
Mp4, 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
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

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/adult
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Editorial Cartoon, Informational Text
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
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.