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Columbus “Discovers” America: What’s The Story?

Students analyze three illustrations for messages about Columbus and the Tainos, and reflect on changing perspectives on history.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Music, US History And Government, Global Studies, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Literature, Poster
Pptx, Pdf
Roma Matott


How Do I choose? Picking the Right Book for Me.

Students analyze book covers and pages from various children’s books to determine personal preferences in reading for a variety of purposes.

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Consumer Education, English Language Instruction, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary

15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Literature
Pptx, Pdf
Sharon Fox


Baby Shark: Introducing Analysis Skills

Students analyze the viral video “Baby Shark” to practice observation, link evidence to a document, assess what is true and not about sharks, and reflect on the credibility of media messages.

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Music, Life Sciences, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy


Lower Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, Music/song, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Faith Rogow


Rapping the Revolution: Music and Social Change in Iran

Students analyze excerpts from five short Iranian music videos for messages about the causes of the protests in Iran in 2022 and the role of music in revolution.

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Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, Music, Global Studies, Sociology, English Language Instruction, Library/Information Literacy


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

TEACHER GUIDE, VIDEO, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Music/song, Web Video, Music/song
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry


Political Memes and Bias: What Resonates, What’s True and What Do We Share?

Students analyze political memes about Trump and Biden to think about their purpose and target audience, how to determine their accuracy/credibility, and to reflect on their own biases and critical thinking.

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Commercial Arts/Advertising, Journalism, US History And Government, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Informational Text, Photograph, Social Media
Pdf, Pptx
Joshua Solomon, Beth Cuddy


Science or Fiction – Does Carrying an Umbrella in a Thunderstorm Make You More Likely to be Hit by Lightning?

Students analyze a cartoon and a weather channel video for messages about whether carrying an umbrella is potentially hazardous and about credibility in Internet videos.

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Physical Sciences, Environmental Studies, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Web Video, Animated Film, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Joshua Solomon


Indigenous Media Making: Affirming Identity

Students analyze short videos from TikTok, a feature film, a video game, Hip-Hop video, and a documentary film for messages related to Indigenous identity and cultural pride.

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Student Media Production, Film/Video Arts, US History And Government, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School, College

30-60 Minutes

VIDEO, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Web Video, Animated Film, Documentary Film, Feature Film, Music/song, Social Media, Web Video
Mp4, Pdf
Sox Sperry


Global Perspectives Through Movie Posters

Students analyze pairs of movie posters advertising the same film for different national audiences for messages about cultural perspectives and design choices.

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Visual Arts, Film/Video Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Middle School, High School

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Animated Film, Feature Film, Illustration, Poster
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry, Arlene Laverde


Censoring Seuss: Cancel Culture or Cultural Respect?

Students evaluate pages from Dr. Seuss books that were removed by the family for perpetuating stereotypes and then analyze a tweet and replies that includes support and criticism for censoring those images - discussing both the issues and the civility of the comments.

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


High School, College

30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Literature, Social Media
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Susan Allen


How Much Fruit is in this Drink? How Can You Tell?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode juice containers for messages about health and nutrition.

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Health, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration
Pdf
Gabriel Zall, Hannah Gordon


Is This Cereal Healthy? How Can You Find Out?

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode cereal box advertisements for messages about health and nutrition.

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Health, Math, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Nutrition, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Print Advertisement
Pdf
Gabriel Zall, Hannah Gordon


The Face of Cereal: Using Cartoon Characters to Persuade Children

This is a media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students decode cereal packages for messages about health and advertising.

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Health, Commercial Arts/Advertising, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, STUDENT HANDOUT, TEACHER GUIDE
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Print Advertisement
Pdf
Gabriel Zall, Hannah Gordon


Dinosaurs: What’s True and What’s Not?

Students analyze messages about dinosaurs in a film, an advertisement, a website, a video game, a TV program and a fiction and non-fiction book - and assess the credibility of each source.

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Consumer Education, Life Sciences, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

ACTIVITY PLAN, TEACHER GUIDE, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Animated Film, Illustration, Informational Text, Poster, Print Advertisement, Television Program, Webpage
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry


Louis XIV & Absolute Monarchy: Media Messages from the Time

Students analyze media documents from the era of Louis XIV - an oil painting, a royal medal, an excerpt from John Locke’s “Treatise on Government” and an excerpt from a French travel memoir - for messages about absolute monarchy, media forms and historical context.

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Visual Arts, Global Studies, Sociology, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College

30-60 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry


What Can You Tell From a Book Cover?

Students analyze pairs of different covers for the same children’s book for messages about techniques, purpose, impact and target audience.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN, POWERPOINT
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Informational Text, Literature, Print Advertisement
Pdf, Pptx
Sox Sperry, Sharon Fox


Sports and Protest: Media and Civil Discourse

Students analyze a news report, an advocacy video and a twitter thread for messages about media bias, civil discourse and the role of athletes in social protest.

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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

30-60 Minutes

TEACHER GUIDE, STUDENT HANDOUT, VIDEO
Radio, News - Radio, News - Video, Social Media, Web Video
Pdf, Mp4
Sox Sperry, Josh Solomon


Can You Judge A Book by its Cover?

Students analyze pairs of different covers for the same children’s book for messages about techniques, purpose and target audience.

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Visual Arts, Commercial Arts/Advertising, Consumer Education, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


Upper Elementary

15-30 Minutes

POWERPOINT, TEACHER GUIDE, ACTIVITY PLAN
Radio, News - Radio, Illustration, Literature, Print Advertisement
Pptx, Pdf
Sox Sperry, Sharon Fox


What to Believe? Media Misrepresentations of the War in Ukraine

Students analyze social media and news videos for messages analyzing misinformation and bias in reports on Russia’s war on Ukraine.

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Journalism, Global Studies, Sociology, General Media Literacy, Library/Information Literacy, ELA/English Language Arts


High School, College

30-60 Minutes

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


GMOs: Bias and Credibility in Media Messages

Students analyze three web videos from corporate, academic and activist sources for messages about genetically modified organisms, techniques used to sway the viewer, and questions about credibility and one’s own confirmation biases.

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Health, Film/Video Arts, Consumer Education, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, US History And Government, Economics, Sociology, Library/Information Literacy


High School, College
Whole Class
30-60 Minutes

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


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