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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