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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