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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