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Media, Politics and the Supreme Court

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

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Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

Peace or Liberty?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Portraits of War

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

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


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

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

For Peace or Against Oppression?

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Legacy

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

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English Language Arts, Music, US History And Government


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

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

The Great Patriotic War

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

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Visual Arts, Global Studies


High School
Whole Class

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

To Kill or Not To Kill

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

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Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

Greta Meets Malala: How Different Media Forms Present the News

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Twitter and Lies: How They Snowball

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

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


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

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

World War One Through Posters

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

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

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

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


High School
Individual
30-60 Minutes

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

Workers Unite!

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

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Music, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology


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

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

Which Side Are You On?

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

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


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

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

War on Whom?

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

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Music, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

Unions and Race

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

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


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

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

The Death of Kobe Bryant: How Viral Media Spreads Misinformation

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

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

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

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


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

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

Confrontation in the Streets: What Do You know?

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

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


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

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

Polarized America: Political Conventions 2020

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

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Psychology, US History And Government, Sociology


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

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

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

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

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


Upper Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

YouTube Recommendations: Who’s Steering Your View?

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

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


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

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

YouTube Recommendations: What Do I Do?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

What Do You Know? Sourcing, Credibility and Bias

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

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


High School
Individual, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

What Do We Do About Fake News?

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

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


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

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

Understanding Teen Media Use: Different Research Techniques

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

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


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

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

Trusting Web Videos on COVID-19 (Or Not)

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Tracking Lies: Determining the credibility of Internet information

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Tidal Waves & Tsunamis in Film: Fact & Fiction

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

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


Upper Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Throwaway Culture: To Buy or to Reuse?

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

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


Upper Primary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

The Magic of Stereotypes

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Techniques of Persuasion: Smoking, Vaping and Health

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

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


Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Sustainability and Media: Introducing Content Analysis

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

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


High School
Pair, Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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

Spotting Fake News: How to Help

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

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


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

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

Selling Masculinity: What Kind Would You Like?

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

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


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

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

Seeing Body Image Through Instagram Filters

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT
Webpage
Pdf
Sox Sperry

Representations of Enslavement in South Carolina – Context is Everything

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

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


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

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

Real Bugs TV Commercial Decoding

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

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


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

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

Pride in Our Hispanic Heritage: Countering Stereotypes

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Nombres: Creative Naming to Sell Ideas and Products

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

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


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

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

National Geographic’s Africa

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

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


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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

Misinformation About COVID-19: How to Figure It out

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

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


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

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

Mass Shootings: Tracking the Numbers

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

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


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

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

Mapping the Border: Who Decides?

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

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


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

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

Lemmings: Documentary Film Clip Decoding

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

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


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

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

Islam in Brief

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

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


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

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