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Representations of Asian People in the Media

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

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Miles Davis: Inspiration to a Masterpiece

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

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Music, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Incan Religion – What Sources Should I Use?

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

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


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


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

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

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Health, Life Sciences, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Ancient Egypt - Ancient Media?

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

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


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


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

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

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


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Storming the Capitol: Front Page Constructions

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


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

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

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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Blog Post, News Article/headlines, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Why to War? How to Peace?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts 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


Doing Family Time

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on the impact of imprisonment on prisoners and on the family members of prisoners.

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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, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Challenging Homophobia

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to reflect on messages about gay liberation and resistance to homophobia.

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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


Workers Unite!

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts 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


We Will Be Heard

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using excerpts 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


Naming Oppression

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts 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


Family Planning: Why it Matters

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze three short video clips for messages about the needs for and impacts of family planning.

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


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


The Spanish Conquest of Mexico: Whose Story?

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from two films for conflicting messages about the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

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Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Two Views of an Insurrection: January 6, 2021

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

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


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


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

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Book/magazine Cover, Blog Post, Facebook Post, Web Video, Webpage
Pptx, Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, Fundación Galindo


Money is Not the Same Everywhere: Techniques of Communication

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Panama’s Ethnic Groups- Who Tells Their Story?

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

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Global Studies, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Facebook Post, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Webpage
Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, Fundación Galindo


To Smoke or Not to Smoke?: Advertising & Persuasion

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


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

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Human Rights in Panama: What’s the Story?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Facebook Post, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Webpage
Pdf, Docx
Sox Sperry, FG


Panamanian Family Values – According to Whom?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Clickbait – Can You Spot It?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


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

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Practicing Respect on Public Transportation

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Online Scams– Will You Fall for It?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Bottled Water?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Huracán María: El Impacto de la Inmigración Puertorriqueña en Florida

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity for Spanish language classes in which students analyze three short excerpts of online newspaper articles about the economic impacts on Florida resulting from the influx of Puerto Rican climate refugees following Hurricane Maria. The student handouts are in Spanish language only, while the Teacher Guide is provided in both English and Spanish.

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Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology, Spanish Language Instruction


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


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


YouTube Recommendations: What Do I Do?

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

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


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

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


Bob Dylan: Storytelling for Social Justice

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

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


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

RX For an Infodemic: Media Decoding, COVID-19, and Online Teaching

After describing the historical, political and social causes of our viral age of “fake news,” this article explore how constructivist media decoding provides a methodology for addressing the polarization of truth, with examples of how this work can be done in the classroom through face-to-face and virtual learning.


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Constructivist Media Decoding

Social Studies
English Language Arts

Middle School
High School
College



When to Call a Lie a lie – Media’s Responsibility to Hold Politicians Accountable

In this media literacy activity students analyze an article and a video news commentary from liberal and conservative media sources for messages about how the media responds to lies told by President Trump.

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


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Editorial Opinion, Magazine Article, News Video, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Media, Politics and the Supreme Court

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

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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
News Article/headlines
Pdf
Sox 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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial/PSA
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris 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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


First Contact: Who’s Telling the Story?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two paintings about first contact between Native Americans and Spanish conquistadors for messages about historical context and point of view. .

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


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

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

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Health, Psychology, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


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

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


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
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


Cyberbullying: How It Hurts & How to Help

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

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Health, Psychology, Student Media Production, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video, Animated Film, 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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


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

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

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Health, Psychology, Journalism, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Book/magazine Cover, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry, Jennifer Borowicz


What’s in My Lunchbox?

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

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


Lower Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Webpage
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry


Migrants Wait in Mexico – Whose Problems Do We See?

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

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Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
News Article/headlines
Pdf
Sox Sperry, Nora Schapira, Kaile Tsapis & Olivia Gellar


Thanksgiving: Who’s Telling the Story?

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

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Google Image Searches – Do They Promote or Counter Stereotypes?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

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


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

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

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Film/Video Arts, Physical Sciences


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Squanto and the First Thanksgiving: Whose Story?

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

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English Language Arts, US History And Government


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

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


Fact Checkers: How Do They Decide?

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

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


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

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


Fact Checkers: How Do They Decide?

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

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


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

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


Climate: What Can We Change?

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

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Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Why Go to School?

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

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


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Rating Media Credibility – Who’s Behind the Curtain?

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

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


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

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


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


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
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


Who is Family?

In this media literacy activity students analyze children’s book covers for messages about diversity in families.

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English Language Arts, Health, Sociology


Lower Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Book/magazine Cover, Speech, 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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Informational Text, Magazine Article, Tweet
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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Informational Text, Magazine Article, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Tweet
Pdf
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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, Magazine Article
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 Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

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


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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration, Map, Print Advertisement
Pdf, Pptx
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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Chart Graph, Webpage
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 Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Palm Oil: To Buy or Not to Buy?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze a commercial, a public service announcement and a short animation for conflicting perspectives on the impact of palm oil production

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Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


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

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


Sculptures of Dr. King: Reading the messages

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze four sculptures for messages about Dr. King's life and legacy.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, US History And Government


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Sculpture
Pdf, Ppt
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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

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


Anti-Semitism: Then and Now

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze a poster, a tweet and an editorial cartoon for messages about anti-Semitism.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Editorial Cartoon, Informational Text, Poster
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry & Chris 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


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


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


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


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


Environmental Injustice At Work

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short song excerpts to compare musical forms carrying messages about environmental justice in the workplace.

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Music, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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


Case Study: From Witness to Action

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to teach about strategies activists have taken to remedy environmental injustice.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


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

STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, VIDEO
Pdf, Mp4
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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ASSESSMENT, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


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


Liquids in Spiderman vs. Hydroman

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short excerpts from an educational video on the changing states of water and a Spiderman vs. Hydroman cartoon for representations of the liquid state of water.

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General Media And Information Literacy, Physical Sciences


Lower Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Volcanoes: Can we protect cities from lava flows?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze a National Public Radio report and a clip from a 1940s era Superman animated cartoon for messages about engineering solutions to protect cities from volcanic lava flows.

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Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Animated Film, Webpage
Pdf, Mp4
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 Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Responding to Global Problems: Analyzing Keys to Success and Recipes for Failure

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short excerpts from internet video talks for conflicting perspectives on the potential for large- or small-scale remedies to solve global-level problems.

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Psychology, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology


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

ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video, Speech, Speech, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
David Rhodes


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
Individual, Pair, Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

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


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
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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video, Documentary Film, Web Video, Documentary Film
Mp4, 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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film
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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film
Mp4, 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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Webpage
Pdf
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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Agriculture: Sustainable v. Industrial

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode two web videos for messages about industrial and sustainable agriculture.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics


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

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Robert Jensen


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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Cartoon, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Community Responses to Climate Disaster Recovery

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze an opinion piece and the executive summary of a governmental report for conflicting perspectives on effective climate disaster recovery efforts.

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


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

STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text
Pdf
Lucas Burdick


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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text
Pdf
Cindy Kramer & 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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, ACTIVITY PLAN
Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
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
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text
Pdf
Laurie VanVleet & 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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Benefits And Costs 0f Using Plastic Shopping Bags

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short excerpts from websites about plastic bags for conflicting perspectives on the costs and benefits of plastic shopping bags.

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English Language Arts, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Webpage
Pdf
Maureen Gilroy & Sox Sperry


Standing Rock Dakota Pipeline Controversy

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze an op-ed and a web page for conflicting perspectives on the impacts of the Dakota Access pipeline..

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Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Editorial Opinion, Webpage
Pdf
Laurie VanVleet & Sox Sperry


Oil Pipelines: Indigenous Water Rights & Safe Energy Transport

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze an article and a web page for conflicting perspectives on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near Standing Rock native land.

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


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
News Article/headlines, Webpage
Pdf
Laurie VanVleet & 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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Exploring Economic Models for a Healthy Planet and a Just Society

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze three writings about sustainability and economy for conflicting perspectives on possible economic remedies to environmental destruction and economic inequality.

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English Language Arts, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Informational Text
Pdf
Armin Heurich & 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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Cindy Kramer & 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 Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Removing Plastic from the Ocean: From Trash to Art

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two short videos about artistic repurposing of plastic trash for messages about artistic expression of human impacts to the environment.

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Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Environmental Studies


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Artistic Repurposing as Environmental Activism

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze a web video and film trailer about the impacts of oceanic plastic pollution for messages about artists actions for environmental awareness.

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Film/Video Arts, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Ban the Bag or Not? What Else Should We Know?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze a Scholastic news article and a page of a website called Bag the Ban for different perspectives on the use of plastic bags and their effects on our environment.

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English Language Arts, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Webpage
Pdf
Maureen Gilroy & 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


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


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 Elementary, 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


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
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
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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


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
Group - Small (3-5 Members)
15-30 Minutes

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


Twister: A Film Decoding Activity

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson reflecting on the concept of target audiences, and how messages can be crafted for a specific audience through visuals, language and sound.

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


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Cyndy Scheibe


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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


White Towel Activity

A media production activity to reinforce the concept of target audiences, and how messages can be crafted for a specific audience through visuals, language and sound.

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


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

STUDENT WORKSHEET, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration, Informational Text, Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf
Cyndy Schiebe


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

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


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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT
Editorial Cartoon, Editorial Opinion
Pdf, Pptx
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
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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

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


Additional Practice Videos for First Grade

A set of 10 video advertisements for children's toys and breakfast cereals with decoding prompts for messages about target audience, advertising tricks and disclaimers.

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Health, General Media And Information Literacy, Commercial Arts/Advertising


Lower Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Television Commercial/PSA
Pdf, Mp4
Cyndy Scheibe


Additional Practice Videos for Kindergarten

A set of 11 video advertisements for children's toys and breakfast cereals with decoding prompts for messages about target audience, advertising tricks and disclaimers.

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


Lower Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE
Television Commercial/PSA
Mp4, Pdf
Cyndy Scheibe


Puzzle Wall Map

A map of Africa with a numbered grid covering the continent.

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Global Studies


Upper Elementary
Pair, Group - Small (3-5 Members)
15-30 Minutes, 30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Map
Pdf
Chris Sperry, Carrie LaZarre & Marilyn Mayer


How Do We Identify Good Sustainability Stories? (Upper Elementary)

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos to discern messages about how videos can tell stories to inform and engage the public about sustainability issues and initiatives.

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English Language Arts, Student Media Production, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Individual, Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, VIDEO
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry, Chris Sperry & Kelsey Greene


Sustainability Videos: Start to Finish

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson in which students collaboratively design a short video message about a sustainability effort.

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English Language Arts, Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Environmental Studies, Sociology


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

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry, Chris Sperry & Kelsey Greene


Sustainability Stories: Identifying Good Stories (Middle School)

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos to discern messages about how videos can tell stories to inform and engage the public about sustainability issues and initiatives.

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


Middle School
Individual, Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Chris Sperry & Kelsey Greene


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


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


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


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


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


Drought & Farming: Thirsty Crops

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode web pages and graphs for messages about how agricultural demands for irrigation impact freshwater resources during times of drought.

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English Language Arts, Math, Consumer Education, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Chart Graph, Informational Text, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
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


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


Valuing Water: Different Perspectives

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a book covers and tables of content for messages about human impacts on freshwater resources.

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


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Informational Text
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Oil Palm Plantations: Effects on Tropical Rainforests

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a TV commercial and a documentary film excerpt for messages about the benefits and costs of transforming a tropical rainforest into an oil palm plantation to supply the global market.

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English Language Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Television Commercial/PSA, Documentary Film, Television Commercial/PSA
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Trophy Hunting: Conservation or Destruction?

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a poster and a webpage for messages about the impact of trophy hunting on animal species.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Pollution: Industrial Restoration or Destruction

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode an advertisement and a webpage for messages about the impact of the impact of industrial pollution on ecosystem relationships.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Invasive Species: How Do We Stop an Invasion?

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a poster and a webpage for messages about the impact of introducing invasive species into an ecosystem.

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


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Habitat Destruction: The Idea of Progress

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a painting and a Facebook post for messages about the impact of habitat destruction on biodiversity.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
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


Rachel Carson: Who Controls Nature?

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode videos for messages about the impact of DDT on the ecosystem.

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English Language Arts, Health, Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Interrelationships: Human & Buffalo

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode videos for messages about the interdependent relationships between people and buffalo.

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English Language Arts, Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film, Television Program
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Species Preservation: Seeking Solutions

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode videos for messages about how people take action to address local and global problems related to the loss of biodiversity.

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English Language Arts, Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film, Television Program
Mp4, Pdf
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


Exploring the Impact of Hydrofracking on Aquifers

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode diagrams for messages about how hydrofracking impacts freshwater resources.

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


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Hydropower Dams: To Build or to Dismantle?

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode videos for messages about claims related to hydropower dam building or removal.

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English Language Arts, Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Documentary Film, Web Video
Mp4, 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


Comparing Renewables: U.S. vs. Global Energy Use

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode graphs for messages about how the use of renewable energy sources can help to reduce human vulnerability to climate change.

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English Language Arts, Math, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Chart Graph
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Wind: Benefits and Costs

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a book cover and a tweet for messages about how human use of natural resources for energy affects the biosphere.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Solar: Benefits and Costs

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a webpage and a magazine cover for messages about how human use of natural resources for energy affects the biosphere.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, News Article/headlines, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Oil: Benefits and Costs

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a book cover and report cover for messages about how human use of natural resources for energy affects the biosphere.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Nuclear: Benefits and Costs

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode webpages for messages about how human use of natural resources for energy affects the biosphere.

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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
Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Hydropower: Benefits and Costs

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode webpages for messages about how human use of natural resources for energy affects the biosphere.

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English Language Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Coal: Benefits and Costs

Media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode a magazine cover and spread for messages about how human use of natural resources for energy affects the biosphere.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Middle School
Individual, Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, News Article/headlines, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Making Videos about Sustainability Efforts

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson in which students collaboratively design a short video message about a sustainability effort.

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English Language Arts, Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry, Chris Sperry & Kelsey Greene


What About Bottled Water?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos and TV commercials to discern messages about decisions to purchase or not purchase bottled water.

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


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

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


How Much Water Did it Take to Grow That?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing web pages and bar graphs to discern messages about the impact of agriculture on freshwater availability.

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English Language Arts, Health, Math, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Chart Graph, Informational Text, Map, News Article/headlines, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Where Does Water Go?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos to discern messages about the role of the hydrologic cycle in creating watersheds.

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


Upper Elementary
Individual, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Why Protect Our Water Resources?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing book and report covers and tables of contents to discern messages about how people impact water supplies and what individuals and communities can do to protect water resources.

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English Language Arts, Health, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Informational Text, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Protecting Our Water Resources Assessment

Media literacy and critical thinking assessment analyzing messages in videos and writing a report on the protection of water resources.

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English Language Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary
Individual
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, ASSESSMENT
Television Commercial/PSA
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Deciding On Our Food Choices Assessment

Media literacy and critical thinking assessment analyzing messages in posters and writing about food choice messages and persuasion techniques in posters.

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English Language Arts, Health, Psychology, Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Individual
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ASSESSMENT
Poster
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Consumer Choices About Natural Resource Use Assessment

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

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


Upper Elementary
Individual
30-60 Minutes

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


Renewable Energy Sources - Who's Running the Numbers?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing written text, web pages and bar graphs to discern messages about renewable energy use.

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


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Chart Graph, Webpage
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry


Logging - What About Biodiversity?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos & childrens books to discern messages about the impacts of logging on biodiversity.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

VIDEO, POWERPOINT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Animated Film, Book/magazine Cover, Documentary Film, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, Web Video
Mp4, Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Oil Spills “ What's the Problem?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing newspaper headlines, web pages and videos to discern messages about how oil spills impact human and natural populations.

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


Upper Elementary
Individual, Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

VIDEO, POWERPOINT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Documentary Film, News Article/headlines, Web Video, Webpage
Mp4, Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Dams and Rivers: To Build Or To Remove?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos to discern messages about the human benefits and environmental impacts of building and removing hydropower dams

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English Language Arts, Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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


Natural Resources - How do we use them?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing book and magazine covers to discern messages about how the use of natural resources for energy affects the environment.

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


Upper Elementary
Individual, Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Informational Text, News Article/headlines, Photograph, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


What About Hunger?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos to discern messages about possible strategies to address the problem of hunger.

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English Language Arts, Health, Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Nutrition, Economics, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Who's Selling Me This Food?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing videos to discern messages about the goals and impacts of food advertising.

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English Language Arts, Health, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Economics, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT, VIDEO
Illustration, Television Commercial/PSA, Web Video
Pdf, Pptx, Mp4
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 Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

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


How Do We Decide How Much To Eat And Drink?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing web pages and food diagrams to discern messages about food servings.

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English Language Arts, Health, Math, Visual Arts, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Illustration, Informational Text, Webpage
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


How Do We Decide What to Eat and Drink?

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing web pages for messages about how food choices impact personal health.

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English Language Arts, Health, Visual Arts, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Environmental Studies


Upper Elementary
Pair, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Illustration, Informational Text, Print Advertisement, Webpage
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Advertiser's Power of Persuasion - Animals

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing print advertisements and public service messages about dogs and endangered species. Writing scripts for ads or public service announcements promoting actions to protect animals.

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English Language Arts, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences


Lower Elementary
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

VIDEO, POWERPOINT, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Illustration, Television Commercial/PSA, Web Video, Webpage
Mp4, Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold


Advertiser's Power of Persuasion - Fruits & Vegetables

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing print advertisements and public service messages about carrot-related food products and writing scripts for ads or public service announcements promoting healthy eating habits.

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English Language Arts, Health, Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education


Lower Elementary
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, POWERPOINT, VIDEO
Documentary Film, Television Commercial/PSA, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold


Advertiser's Power of Persuasion - Water

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing print advertisements and public service messages about bottled water and vitamin water and writing scripts for ads or public service announcements promoting their water consumption design for a healthy body, budget and earth.

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English Language Arts, Health, Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education


Lower Elementary
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

VIDEO, POWERPOINT, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Television Commercial/PSA, Webpage
Mp4, Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold


Let Us Tell You About the Animals Where We Live

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing various media documents focused on messages about human impacts on animals and creating a simple video production based on impacts to animals where you live and action ideas to protect them.

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English Language Arts, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies


Lower Elementary
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT, VIDEO
Book/magazine Cover, Illustration, Web Video, Webpage
Pdf, Ppt, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold


Let Us Tell You About the Plants Where We Live

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing book covers focused on different messages about human impacts on plants and creating a simple video production based on impacts to plants and action ideas to protect them.

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English Language Arts, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies


Lower Elementary
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT, VIDEO
Book/magazine Cover, Web Video
Pdf, Pptx, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold

Let Us Tell You About the Bodies of Water Where We Live

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing book covers for messages about water-centered disasters related to oil spills, drought and hurricanes and creating a simple video production based on impacts to your region's water bodies and action ideas to protect them.

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English Language Arts, Health, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Lower Elementary
Group - Small (3-5 Members), Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT, VIDEO
Book/magazine Cover, Web Video
Pdf, Pptx, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold


I Want to Protect These Animals

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing postcards about different classes of animals, reflecting on cyber safety in online research and creating postcards of animals students would like to protect.

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English Language Arts, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies


Lower Elementary
Individual, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Illustration
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold


I Want to Protect This Body of Water

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing postcards about bodies of water, reflecting on cyber safety in online research and creating postcards of water bodies students would like to protect.

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English Language Arts, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Lower Elementary
Individual, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Illustration
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold


Heroes for Animal Protection

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing a book and video about songbird steward Rachel Carson and composing a social message about being an animal steward.

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English Language Arts, Health, Math, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies


Lower Elementary
Individual, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT, VIDEO
Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, Web Video
Pdf, Pptx, Mp4
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold


I Want to Protect These Plants

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing postcards about plant needs for water, sunlight and pollinators, reflecting on cyber safety in online research and creating postcards of plants students would like to protect.

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English Language Arts, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies


Lower Elementary
Individual, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Illustration
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold


Heroes for Water Protection

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing a book and video about water steward Marion Stoddart and composing a social message about being a water steward.

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English Language Arts, Math, Student Media Production, Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


Lower Elementary
Individual, Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Literature, Documentary Film, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry & Caren Arnold


Health Care and Wal-Mart

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson comparing two short videos about Wal-Mart's healthcare policies.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Documentary Film
Pdf, Mp4
Chris Sperry & Cyndy Kramer


Living Wage

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson comparing two opinion pieces about Living Wage laws.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Editorial Opinion, Informational Text
Pdf
Chris Sperry & Cyndy Kramer


Perspectives on Labor and Management

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing five short film clips for messages on labor and capital.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Animated Film, Feature Film, Television Program
Pdf, Mp4
Chris Sperry & Cyndy Kramer


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


Imperialism and the Panama Canal

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing bias in two documentary films about the Panama Canal.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Documentary Film
Pdf, Mp4
Chris Sperry & Cyndy Kramer


The Value of Trees

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson reflecting on the free market's role in the 19th century lumber harvest by interpreting maps and comparing texts from John Muir and John J Audubon .

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Informational Text, Literature, Map
Pdf
Chris Sperry & Cyndy Kramer


Introduction to Capitalism

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing two brief videos with contrasting perspectives about capitalism and free markets.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, STUDENT WORKSHEET, VIDEO
Feature Film
Pdf, Mp4
Chris Sperry & Cyndy Kramer


Frogs and Atrazine

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short informational writing excerpts to consider opposing views on the possible relationship between frog popultion decline and the use of the herbicide atrazine.

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English Language Arts, Health, Journalism, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT READING, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN
Editorial Opinion, News Article/headlines, Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Rainforest Biodiversity

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on the impacts to rainforest biodiversity by monoculture plantations.

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Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Northern Rockies Gray Wolf

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short informational writing excerpts to reflect on the removal of the gray wolf from the endangered species list.

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English Language Arts, Journalism, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT READING, STUDENT WORKSHEET
Editorial Opinion
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Human/Animal Relations

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson using four short film excerpts to reflect on messages about human and animal relations.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government


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

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

High School Social Studies: Soviet History-Posters

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

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


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

Social Studies

High School
College

Briefing: Project Look Sharp's Decoding Media Constructions and Sustainability

Antonio Lopez, in his coda to Greening Media Education, summarizes the complex set of skills needed “to bring ecologically oriented cultural practice into the realm of media education (which) promotes systems thinking, collaborative learning, critical thinking, lifelong learning and digital media literacy.” This article offers cases studies of two Look Sharp lessons, one for elementary age students and another for upper level high school, each of which was designed with these skills in mind as a way to bring Lopez’s vision into practice in the classroom.


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Science And Environment

Upper Elementary
High School

College Level: 2008 Election Magazine Covers

Related to kit: Media Constructions of Presidential Campaigns

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns. Students in this video decode various magazine covers portraying Barack Obama during the 2008 election.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Critical Thinking And The News

Social Studies
English Language Arts

High School
College

College Level: Decoding "Last Words" by Nas

Related to kit: Media Constructions of Social Justice

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Media Construction of Social Justice. Students in this video decode the rap song "Last Words" by Nas to gain insight about prison life and the greater justice system.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding

Social Studies
English Language Arts

College

College Level: Farming, Community and Sustainability

Related to kit: Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water, and Agriculture

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Media Construction of Sustainability. Students in this video examine clips from a film and a commercial to decode farming in the US.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding

Social Studies
Science And Environment

College

College Level: Hydrofracking, Media and Credibility

Related to kit: Media Constructions of Sustainability: Fingerlakes

This 9 minute annotated video demonstrates constructivist media decoding using the lesson "Exploring the Impact of Hydrofracking on Aquifers," where college students analyze pro and anti-fracking diagrams.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Critical Thinking And The News
Assessing Credibility & Bias
Document Selection
Question Design

Social Studies
Science And Environment

College

Critical Thinking and Health: Media Literacy Lessons for Elementary Grades

Related to kit: Critical Thinking & Health: Nutrition and TV Commercials

This webinar offers pedagogical techniques and curriculum materials to help young children understand biases and misleading messages found in food advertising and toy commercials aimed at them, including cereal ads and advertising for foods and beverages that imply they have a lot of fruit in them. Part of the webinar specifically focuses on gender techniques and gender stereotyping in toy commercials.


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WEBINAR
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Assessing Credibility & Bias
Lesson Elements

Health

Lower Elementary

Elementary Level: Decoding Money

Related to kit: Introducing Africa: Critical Thinking and Media Literacy

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Introducing Africa. Students in this video compare two African currencies to the U.S. Dollar to gain insight about cultural differences.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding

Social Studies

Lower Elementary
Upper Elementary

Elementary Level: First Contact Between Europeans and Native Americans

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using our lesson, First Contact. Students in this video decode two opposing paintings to understand how Europeans impacted Native American life.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding

Social Studies

Lower Elementary
Upper Elementary

Elementary Level: Gender In Children's Commercials

Related to kit: Critical Thinking & Health: Nutrition and TV Commercials

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Critical Thinking and Health. Students in this video decode the commercial "Magic Kissing Dragons" to analyze media messaging about gender.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding

Social Studies
English Language Arts

Lower Elementary
Upper Elementary

Elementary Level: Paintings of George Washington and King George

Related to kit: Causes of the American Revolution

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Causes of the American Revolution. Students in this video decode differences in paintings of George Washington and King George.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding

Social Studies

Lower Elementary
Upper Elementary

High School English: Examining Credibility and Bias in Web Sites

Related to kit: Media Constructions of Martin Luther King, Jr.

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Media Constructions of Martin Luther King Jr. Students analyze the white supremacist website martinlutherking.org and reflect on critical thinking and the internet.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Media Violence And Conflict Resolution
Critical Thinking And The News
Assessing Credibility & Bias
Reflecting Diversity
Do No Harm
Document Selection

Social Studies
English Language Arts

High School
College

High School Global Studies: The Politics of Maps: Israel/Palestine

Related to kit: Media Constructions of the Middle East

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Media Construction of the Middle East. Students in this video learn to understand the level of bias in maps.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Media Literacy Lesson Design
Assessing Credibility & Bias
Document Selection
Lesson Elements

Social Studies

High School
College

High School Science: The Great Global Warming Swindle

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Media Constructions of Global Warming. Students analyze a short video clip from the film The Great Global Warming Swindle, compare the information in the clip with a chart, and reflect on issues of credibility and bias in media representations and our own biases when evaluating information.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Critical Thinking And The News
Assessing Credibility & Bias

Science And Environment

High School
College

High School Students Speak about Media Decoding in Social Studies

Ninth through eleventh graders at the Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, New York, speak about the importance of integrating media analysis into social studies.


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Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Assessing Credibility & Bias

Social Studies

High School
College

High School US History: 1800 Anti-Jefferson Political Cartoon

Related to kit: Media Constructions of Presidential Campaigns

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns. Students in this video decode political cartoons against Thomas Jefferson.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding

Social Studies

High School
College

Media Violence & Conflict Resolution

This 2-hour workshop explores the potential effects of verbal and physical violence shown in movies, TV, and video games on children and teens, and demonstrates ways in which K-8 teachers, community educators, and parents can address these effects through discussion and media literacy activities.


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WORKSHOP
Media Violence And Conflict Resolution
Do No Harm

Social Studies
Psychology

Upper Elementary
Middle School

Piaget and the Power Rangers: What Can Theories of Developmental Psychology Tell Us About Children and Media?

Theories of developmental psychology can help to interpret evidence related to how children of different ages are affected differently by media consumption. By Cyndy Scheibe, 20 Questions About Youth and Media, Vol. 48 No. 1, September 2007


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Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Media Violence And Conflict Resolution

Psychology

Lower Elementary

Secondary School Social Studies: WWI Propaganda Posters

Related to kit: Economics in U.S. History: A Media Literacy Kit

An example of leading a class through a constructivist media decoding using a lesson from our kit, Economics in US History. Students in the video decode propaganda posters used in WWI.


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DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Document Selection

Social Studies

High School
College

Seeking Truth in the Social Studies Classroom: Media Literacy, Critical Thinking and Teaching about the Middle East

Students are bombarded daily with a torrent of media messages, many of them with historical content. By selecting the right media documents for decoding, teachers can teach core content while guiding students to think critcally about these messages. By Chris Sperry, Social Education, January/February 2006


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Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Assessing Credibility & Bias
Question Design

Social Studies

High School
College

Sustainability Education and Media Literacy

Related to kit: Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water, and Agriculture

This article looks at how the topic of climate change can often provoke deep emotions in students, and suggests that instead of shying away, teachers should use media literacy activities to foster discussions of what the future holds. The author stresses the importance of connecting to the emotional lives of students when raising the complex issues around sustainability.


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Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Media Literacy Lesson Design
Youth Culture And New Technologies
Do No Harm
Question Design

Social Studies
Science And Environment

Upper Elementary
Middle School
High School
College

Teaching Media Literacy & Sustainability for Younger Learners

Related to kit: Media Constructions of Sustainability: Lower Elementary

This webinar offers pedagogical techniques and curriculum materials to support a deeper understanding of how to use media documents that: support content teaching about water quality, climate change and hunger, introduce media production as a way to deepen media literacy awareness, and encourage core subject integration of ELA, math, science and social studies.


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WEBINAR
Common Core Standards
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Media Literacy Lesson Design
Youth Culture And New Technologies
Document Selection
Question Design
Lesson Elements
Lesson Conception

Social Studies
English Language Arts
Health
Science And Environment
Math
Media Production

Upper Elementary

The Epistemological Equation: Integrating Media Analysis into the Core Curriculum

Related to kit: Media Constructions of the Middle East

In his Keynote to National Association for Media Literacy Education biannual conference in 2009, Chris Sperry draws lessons from 30 years integrating media decoding into high school social studies and English classes. Beginning with a 6-minute video from a high school academic performance about the Middle East, Sperry connects media literacy methodologies and materials to the development of core knowledge, skills, attitudes and motivation in adolescents. By Chris Sperry, The National Association for Media Literacy Education's Journal of Media Literacy Education, Vol. 48 No. 1, September 2010.


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ARTICLE
Media Literacy And Critical Thinking Integration
Constructivist Media Decoding
Critical Thinking And The News
Assessing Credibility & Bias
Fair Use Copyright Law
Do No Harm
Question Design
Lesson Conception

Social Studies

High School
College


Activity Name 1

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode (name the media document type) for messages about (name the core content information or literacy skills).

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Commercial Arts/Advertising


College
Group - Small (3-5 Members)
30-60 Minutes



COVID-19 & Climate Change: Graphing the Connection

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

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


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


COVID-19 and the Economy: Conflicting Priorities

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

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Journalism, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Carbon Sequestration: Solutions to Climate Change

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

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Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Confirmation Bias, Coronavirus and the 2020 Presidential Campaign

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

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


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE
Web Video, Informational Text, Television Commercial/PSA, Tweet, Web Video, Webpage
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


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

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

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


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

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


Covering Black Lives Matter: Front Page Constructions

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


How Disease Spreads: Cholera Epidemic of 1892

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

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


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Meat or Veggies? The Impact of Diet on Climate

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

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


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Media Bias Charts: Who’s Rating What?

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

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


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Misinformation About COVID-19: How to Figure It out

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

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


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


Polarized America: Political Conventions 2020

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

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Psychology, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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


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

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

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


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Blog Post, Facebook Post, Informational Text, Tweet, Webpage
Pdf
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
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Teaching the Enslavement of African People in the Americas

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

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US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


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

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

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


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

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


Understanding Teen Media Use: Different Research Techniques

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

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


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


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

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

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English Language Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

A Pair of Portraits

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson comparing portraits of George Washington and King George.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Illustration
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar


African Money

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing messages about African countries by examining images in currency.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Global Studies, Economics


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

STUDENT WORKSHEET, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Illustration
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Carrie LaZarre & Marilyn Mayer

Boston Tea Party

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson about primary and secondary source representations of the Boston Tea Party.

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English Language Arts, Visual Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Illustration, Informational Text
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

Declaration of Independence

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing rights and grievances in the Declaration of Independence.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

AUDIO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Informational Text, Literature
Mp4, Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar


Fighting Back Against Religious Intolerance

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

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


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

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

Harriet Tubman Seizes Freedom – Many Stories

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from children’s books for messages about Harriet Tubman, enslavement and the Underground Railroad.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


How Women Got the Vote: Different Authors, Different Stories

In this media literacy activity students analyze excerpts from two children’s history books for messages about the fight for women’s right to vote.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

No More Kings

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson to assess students' understanding of key events in the American Revolution.

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


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Animated Film, Song, Television Program
Mp4, Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

Phillis Wheatley's Poem

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing a poem about freedom and slavery during the American Revolution.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

AUDIO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Literature
Mp4, Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

Proclamation of 1763

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson about Native American and colonial perspectives on the Proclamation of 1763.

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US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Map
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

Remembering the American Revolution

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson analyzing John Adams' ideas about defining what the revolution was.

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English Language Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Informational Text
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

Tarred and Feathered

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson about the impact of the Stamp Act on the American colonists.

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Illustration
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

The Intolerable Acts

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson about political cartoons and the Intolerable Acts.

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Editorial Cartoon
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar

The Rebels

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson about Loyalist perspectives during the American Revolution.

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English Language Arts, Music, US History And Government


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

AUDIO, STUDENT WORKSHEET, TEACHER GUIDE, LESSON PLAN, POWERPOINT
Song
Mp4, Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Sox Sperry, Whitney Bong, Rachel Coates, Amy Eckley, Karen Griffin, Lynn VanDeWeert, Andrea Volckmar


Unearthing Stereotypes

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson introducing the concept of stereotypes by asking students to decide whether photos are from Africa

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Visual Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


Upper Elementary
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes, Over 60 Minutes

LESSON PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT WORKSHEET, POWERPOINT
Photograph
Pdf, Ppt
Chris Sperry, Carrie LaZarre & Marilyn Mayer


Wash Your Hands – What’s the Right Way?

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

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


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Why Vote?

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

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US History And Government, Sociology


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


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

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

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


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Cereal Commercials

Media literacy and critical thinking lesson introducing the concept of a "complete breakfast," identifying packaging clues about sugar in cereal and recognizing tricks in the construction of breakfast cereal commercials.

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Health, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education