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Online Scams– Will You Fall for It?

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


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


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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


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

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


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


Clickbait – Can You Spot It?

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Panamanian Family Values – According to Whom?

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Human Rights in Panama: What’s the Story?

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


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


Panama’s Ethnic Groups- Who Tells Their Story?

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


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


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

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


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


To Smoke or Not to Smoke?: Advertising & Persuasion

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


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


Money is Not the Same Everywhere: Techniques of Communication

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


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


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

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


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

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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ARTICLE
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