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Ukraine’s Holodomor – Famine or Stalinist Genocide?

In this lesson students read a brief history of the 1930’s famine in Ukraine that was caused by Joseph Stalin’s policy of forced collectivization and analyze posters produced by Stalin’s government and by Michael Gorbachev’s government for messages about Stalinism and the Holodomor.

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Visual Arts, Global Studies, Sociology, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Poster
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Judy Heumann: Disability Activism in Video

Students analyze short video clips from different video genres for messages about how Judy Heumann pushed for civil rights for people with disabilities.

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


Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Animated Film, Documentary Film, News - Video, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Recycling: What’s the Problem?

Students analyze a commercial and clips from documentaries for messages about recycling, its attraction to consumers and industry and its limitations.

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


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Documentary Film, Television Program, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Rachel Aronson


How Does the World Look? Questioning Maps

Students analyze different world map projections to identify point of view or bias in maps.

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Global Studies, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Upper Elementary, Middle School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Map
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Ageism in Advertising: Promoting or Countering Stereotypes?

Students analyze television commercials for messages about stereotypes and counter-stereotypes of elders.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Television Commercial
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Regulating Social Media: How About It?

Students analyze five short video clips for different messages about the regulation of social media.

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Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Documentary Film, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Halloween Costumes: When Does Fun Turn Into Hurt?

Students analyze a commercial and video analysis for messages about cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes and how identity impacts responses to media.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology, English Language Instruction


Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Television Commercial, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


The U.S. Exits Afghanistan: Lessons from the Newspaper Front Pages

Students analyze newspaper front pages from August 2021 for messages about media representation of the U.S. exit from Afghanistan.

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Journalism, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, News - Print, Photograph
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Critical Race Theory – Whose History? Whose Story?

Students analyze clips from a variety of video sources for messages about the teaching of U.S. history, critical race theory and the power of media to persuade.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology, English Language Instruction


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Animated Film, Feature Film, News - Video, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Marketing OxyContin: Profits, Lives and Disinformation

Media documents are excerpts from a company memo from Purdue Pharma, an investigative reporting video, an online article and two government reports related to the marketing of OxyContin. Students analyze messages about the role of industry in fueling the opioid epidemic and the credibility of the media documents.

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


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

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Informational Text, News - Print, News - Video, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


High Fructose Corn Syrup? Is There a Problem? Who Says?

Students analyze a commercial from the Corn Refiners Association, a blog post from an industry-supported group and an article from the Union of Concerned Scientists for messages about the health impacts of high fructose corn syrup, the spread of scientific misinformation and how funders influence media messages.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, Blog Post, Informational Text, Television Commercial, Webpage
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Football and Concussions: the NFL vs. Scientific Research

In this media literacy activity students analyze short video clips from an investigative documentary TV program, a feature film, and a congressional hearing for messages about the impact of football on brain disease to assess credibility in film representations of historic events.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Journalism, Life Sciences, US History And Government, Sociology


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Documentary Film, Feature Film, News - Video, Television Program, Television Commercial, News - Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Decoding the Dollar Bill: Historical Context and Identity

Students analyze the imagery, symbols and words on the dollar bill for messages about the United States, historical context and our own identities.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


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

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration
Pdf, Ppt
Sox Sperry


What Does the Dollar Bill Tell You About the United States?

Students analyze the imagery on the dollar bill for symbols and messages about the beliefs of the founders of the United States and about what constitutes media.

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Visual Arts, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration
Ppt, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Should the Government Support Gun Research?

In this media literacy activity students analyze short text documents from a scientific research paper abstract from the New England Journal of Medicine, a news story from the National Rifle Association, a magazine article from Smithsonian and an op-ed from the National Review for messages about scientific gun research, credibility, sourcing and their own biases.

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Health, Journalism, Consumer Education, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, Magazine, News - Print
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Election 2020 – The Facts are Clear but Who Do We Trust?

In this media literacy activity students analyze a collection of tweets from President Trump, a televised press conference statement by President-elect Joe Biden, a video opinion piece by Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, a press release from the U.S. Government office for cyber-security and infrastructure security and an online fact checking webpage by the Annenberg Public Policy Center for messages about the 2020 Presidential election results and media credibility.

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


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

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT
Radio, News - Radio, Editorial Opinion, News - Video, Web Video, News - Video, Speech, Editorial Opinion, Informational Text, News - Video, Social Media, Speech, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Ancient Nubia & Ancient Egypt: What’s the Story?

In this media literacy activity students analyze two film clips for messages about the ancient Egyptians and Kushites, the role of racism in archaeology and storytelling choices in documentary film.

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Psychology, Film/Video Arts, Global Studies, Sociology


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

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, Documentary Film, Television Program, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Presidents and Propaganda?

This activity asks students to reflect on the definitions of propaganda and fascist propaganda as they analyze two short videos: a pro-Obama music video produced by musician will.i.am in 2008 and a pro-Trump video shown at the Ellipse in Washington DC shortly before the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021.

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


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

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


Mapping Ancient Civilizations: Who’s Included and Who’s Not?

In this media literacy activity students analyze the bias and techniques used in maps of ancient civilizations.

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Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


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

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Map
Pdf
Sox Sperry


Polling on Structural Racism: What Do Different People Believe?

In this media literacy activity students analyze charts and graphs showing polling data on how different groups view structural racism in the United States.

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Math, Psychology, Journalism, US History And Government, Sociology


High School, College
Whole Class
15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Chart/graph
Pdf
Sox Sperry