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1800 Jefferson Banner

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

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE
Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1800 "The Providential Detection" Cartoon

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

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Visual Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

1800 Letter from Alexander Hamilton

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

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English Language Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

1800 Connecticut Courant Editorial

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

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English Language Arts, Journalism, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

1800 Portrait of John Adams

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

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE
Illustration
Pdf
Sox Sperry & Chris Sperry

1800 Portrait of Thomas Jefferson

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

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Abolitionists on Film

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

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

2008 Economy Ads

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

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Arguing For Freedom

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

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


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

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

Media, Politics and the Supreme Court

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

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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

Peace or Liberty?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Portraits of War

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

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


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

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

For Peace or Against Oppression?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Legacy

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

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English Language Arts, Music, US History And Government


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

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

The Great Patriotic War

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

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Visual Arts, Global Studies


High School
Whole Class

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

To Kill or Not To Kill

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

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

Greta Meets Malala: How Different Media Forms Present the News

In this media literacy activity students analyze media reports on the meeting between Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai. In addition to learning about the two young activists, students reflect on the qualities of different media forms including news and opinion articles, a tweet and posts on Instagram and Facebook.

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English Language Arts, Journalism, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Sociology


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Twitter and Lies: How They Snowball

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

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


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

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

World War One Through Posters

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

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

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

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


High School
Individual
30-60 Minutes

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

Workers Unite!

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

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Music, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


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

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

Which Side Are You On?

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

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


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

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

War on Whom?

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

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

Unions and Race

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

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


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

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

The Death of Kobe Bryant: How Viral Media Spreads Misinformation

In this media literacy activity students analyze screen grabs from a YouTube page, a Facebook post, a network news video page and online headlines, photos and captions for messages about credibility of Internet news reporting.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

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

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

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


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

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

Confrontation in the Streets: What Do You know?

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

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


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

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

Polarized America: Political Conventions 2020

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

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Psychology, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

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

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

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


Upper Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

YouTube Recommendations: Who’s Steering Your View?

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

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


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

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

YouTube Recommendations: What Do I Do?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

What Do You Know? Sourcing, Credibility and Bias

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

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


High School
Individual, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

What Do We Do About Fake News?

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

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


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

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

Understanding Teen Media Use: Different Research Techniques

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

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


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

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

Trusting Web Videos on COVID-19 (Or Not)

In this media literacy activity students analyze for credibility four video clips of people giving prevention advice during the Covid-19 crisis: President Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a New York City primary care doctor during an online family information session, and a naturopathic doctor during a televangelist TV program. These were all posted online in March of 2020.

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Tracking Lies: Determining the credibility of Internet information

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Tidal Waves & Tsunamis in Film: Fact & Fiction

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

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


Upper Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Throwaway Culture: To Buy or to Reuse?

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

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


Upper Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

The Magic of Stereotypes

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Techniques of Persuasion: Smoking, Vaping and Health

In this media literacy activity students analyze commercials and PSAs related to smoking and vaping for messages about purpose, technique and target audience.

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


Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Sustainability and Media: Introducing Content Analysis

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

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


High School
Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Spotting Fake News: How to Help

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

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


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

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

Selling Masculinity: What Kind Would You Like?

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

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


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

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

Seeing Body Image Through Instagram Filters

in this media literacy activity students analyze a residential treatment center blog post, an opinion piece in college newspaper and an international newspaper story for messages about the impact of Instagram filters on social media users.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Representations of Enslavement in South Carolina – Context is Everything

In this media literacy activity students analyze primary and secondary texts from the 19th, 20th & 21st century for messages about African slavery in South Carolina.

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


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

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

Real Bugs TV Commercial Decoding

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

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


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

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

Pride in Our Hispanic Heritage: Countering Stereotypes

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

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


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

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

Presidential Photo-Op and Political Protest: Who’s Telling the Story?

In this media literacy activity students analyze and compare a short video produced by the White House and a longer news report by MSNBC on President Trump’s photo-op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church on June 1, 2020 during nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.

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


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Nombres: Creative Naming to Sell Ideas and Products

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

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


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

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

National Geographic’s Africa

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Photograph
Ppt, Pdf
Chris Sperry & Sox Sperry

Misinformation About COVID-19: How to Figure It out

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

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


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

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

Mass Shootings: Tracking the Numbers

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

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


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

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

Mapping the Border: Who Decides?

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

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


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

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

Lemmings: Documentary Film Clip Decoding

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

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


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

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

Islam in Brief

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

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


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

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

How False Statistics Spread in the Digital World

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

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General Media And Information Literacy, Journalism, Sociology


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

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

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

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

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


Upper Primary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Happy Mother’s Day: Storytelling in Advertising

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

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


Upper Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Google Image Searches – Do They Promote or Counter Stereotypes?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Under 15 Minutes

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

First Contact: Who’s Telling the Story?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Illustration
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry

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

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

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


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

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

Fact Checkers: How Do They Decide?

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

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


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

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

Discourse or Disinformation?

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

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


High School
Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

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

Covering Black Lives Matter: Front Page Constructions

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

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


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

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

Corporate Greenwashing: ExxonMobil

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Confirmation Bias, Coronavirus and the 2020 Presidential Campaign

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

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


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

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

Changing Our Media Habits: The Impact of the Pandemic

In this media literacy activity students analyze charts, graphs and illustrations for messages about media consumption changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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


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

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

American Rifleman: Message Shifting Over Time

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

A Media Chronology

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

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

2016 Balancing Facebook Viewpoints

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

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General Media And Information Literacy, Psychology, Journalism, Sociology


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

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

2008 Targeting Youth with New Media

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

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


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

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

2008 Is Obama a Muslim? Sources & Credibility

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

1988 Dukakis Packaging Commercial

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

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


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

"Celebration" or "Protest"?

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

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


High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

1904 Debs "Socialist Party" Poster

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

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Visual Arts, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

1900 McKinley/Roosevelt "Promises" Poster

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

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Visual Arts, US History And Government


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Consumer Choices About Natural Resource Use Assessment

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

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


Upper Primary
Individual
30-60 Minutes

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

Working for Peace, Working for Justice

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Why to War? How to Peace?

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

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

Why Oppose War?

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

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

Who's A Hero?

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

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


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

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

Which Way to Peace?

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

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

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

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

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

War and Glory

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

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

Together in a Time of War

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

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


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

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

Small Groups of Committed People

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Questioning Manifest Destiny

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
Over 60 Minutes

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

Peace is the Way

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Nuclear Blues

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

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

Making Friends with the Enemy

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

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Psychology, Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

In Case of Nuclear War

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

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


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

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

Friend or Foe?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Dissent or Treason

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

After War Begins

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

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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